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Workplace searches: company policy considerations

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A strong workplace search policy can safeguard a company against employee theft and other wrongdoing. But it can't safeguard against employee lawsuits if it isn't applied fairly and consistently.

To make sure their search policies and practices don't end up as fodder for such lawsuits, employers must recognize the difference between legal searches and unreasonable invasions of privacy; how to minimize employee expectations of privacy; and factors to consider before making the decision to conduct a workplace search.

FAQs about workplace searches

1. Is a search of an employee's office, desk, etc., an unreasonable invasion of his/her privacy?

To assess whether a workplace search is legal, most courts look to see whether the search was conducted under reasonable circumstances. Courts will also determine whether the seriousness of an allegation against an employee justifies a workplace search.

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