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Posted on May 1, 2017 by Dean Benard
As investigators, we are often asked by our clients to use search warrants to obtain information that will further an investigation.  Of course, wanting to please our clients, we would be happy to do so whenever possible, and indicated. However, most often we are in a position where we must explain why we cannot obtain a search warrant, or why using a search warrant would not be appropriate in the circumstances. I have written about search warrants in the past and explained the process for obtaining one. Read More...
Posted on May 1, 2017 by Dean Benard
We have been busily making people aware of our new education company, Nuance Education + Training. Response has been amazing and we have great programs lined up for May and June. Click here to see the upcoming programs in your area. Read More...
Posted on March 10, 2017 by Dean Benard
In a recent matter, Bairaj Shoan and Attorney General of Canada (2016 FC 1003), a federal court judge rejected a workplace harassment investigation due to an improper investigation into alleged workplace harassment. In the decision, The Honourable Mr. Justice Zinn found that due to a lack of procedural fairness and natural justice within the investigation process, it could not be considered as evidence against the alleged harasser. Read More...
Posted on March 10, 2017 by Dean Benard
We are very proud to announce the opening of our sister company Nuance Education + Training.Over more than 12 years Benard + Associates has seen almost everything you can imagine in the world of investigations. Whether it is a regulatory matter, workplace issue, or a combination of both, we have dealt with it and have the insight to create approaches and best practices that are second to none. Read More...
Posted on December 15, 2016 by Dean Benard
The demand for our educational services has grown steadily over the past few years and to meet that demand, Benard + Associates is creating a new organization focused on the delivery of quality educational programs that will meet the needs of our clients. Read More...
Posted on December 4, 2015 by Dean Benard
Anyone who has attended a course or workshop on investigations will have likely heard the instructor emphasize the importance of being unbiased in your investigation. However, despite this sound advice bias still finds a way to creep into some investigations. The result can be catastrophic for everyone. Read More...
Posted on September 22, 2015 by Dean Benard
Lately I have been giving a lot of thought to what it is that makes us great and what separates our company from others. More importantly, I have been struggling to figure out how to tactfully point this out without sounding egotistical or boastful. After all, I want people to respect us and to want to work with us.Then it hit me – Donald Trump! Read More...
Posted on September 14, 2015 by Dean Benard
The weather was stormy, but that didn’t prevent Mayor Mike Savage and local regulatory professionals from attending Benard + Associates #HalifaxGrandOpening on Thursday September 10, 2015 at the Westin Nova Scotian. Read More...
Posted on August 11, 2015 by Dean Benard
Sexual abuse investigations are one of the most challenging types of regulatory investigations to conduct. The following tips are a brief overview of some key things investigators should consider when taking on these important cases. Read More...
Posted on August 4, 2015 by Dean Benard
What do you do when a workplace investigation does not support the allegations of harassment? We believe understanding the reasons why and the underlying dynamic will go a long way in guiding employers towards  making the right decisions following such investigations. Read More...

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