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Can we demand a polygraph test to identify theft suspects?

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Q. Recently, money from my office’s petty cash lockbox came up missing. As a part of our investigation, can we require employees to take a lie detector test?

A. Most companies in New Jersey cannot influence, request or require current or prospective employees to take or submit to a lie detector test as a condition of hiring or continued employment. The courts have deemed that the psychological pressure to appease an employer’s request to take a lie detector test constitutes a condition of employment, thus violating New Jersey statutory law.

The only exception is for employees who work directly with controlled dangerous substances in some aspect of a company’s business.

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