I am currently involved in a shoplifting case, a disorderly persons offense for shoplifting in NJ, but I work in New York, just so you know that states I'm dealing with. The case is still pending, but I wanted to be prepared if I am found guilty. That's why I'm posting this thread.
My employer's Code of Conduct states that I am required to inform the General Counsel in writing of the conviction.
My questions are:
1) What is an appropriate time period in which to inform my employer of the conviction (in case I'm found guilty)? I was thinking a week after the conviction?
2) What type of information/explanation should I disclose in writing? Is there a template I can use?
3) Since I am working with a private attorney on this matter, can I have him write the letter?
4) Should I inform my boss/manager before I send the letter to the General Counsel's office? My manager and I get along very welll and have worked together for almost 5 years. Since we have a good relationship, should I disclose this to him BEFORE going to the General Counsel?
5) Do you think the General Counsel will keep this confidential and NOT tell my current manager? Will the General Counsel's office tell HR about this?
6) What kind of disciplinary action can/will they take against me?
7) Do you think I will get fired? I have been at the same company for almost 10 years and have an excellent reputation and promoted several times.
I am very scared that I will lose my job.