A. Generally, employees have a reasonable expectation of privacy at their place of work. It is up to you as their employer to help frame this expectation through a proper workplace search policy.
An effective search policy will let employees know that you reserve the right to search certain things and places at any time at the discretion of company, with or without the affected employees’ presence. Such a policy will make all areas of the workplace subject to search, including equipment, furniture and storage containers located in the workplace.
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