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What to do when you suspect an employee is stealing from the company

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Few HR dilemmas are as sticky as dealing with the possibility that an employee is stealing from the company. You need to handle it with almost surgical precision to guarantee the company does not overstep its bounds and expose itself to liability.

If you suspect an employee is stealing, you will have to decide either to conduct an internal investigation or to call in outside expertise. An internal investigation will probably cost less, but consider whether you can do so fairly and without bias, and whether you have the necessary resources.

Your company’s insurance carrier can provide assistance. If you decide to involve your carrier, promptly notify it and comply with all policy provisions. Note that the insurer may require the police to get involved.

Elements of investigation

Whether performed in-house or through an outside investigator, your investigation should include the following steps:

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Paul February 15, 2013 at 9:47 pm

Have a points card for rewards and call customer and check ur records customer like to earn points and free peaks for having spent there hard earn money with you

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Dorothy Forbes October 27, 2012 at 11:57 am

I have auto repair shop. I strongly suspect an employee who has access to records and cash is omitting records thereby enabling her to obtain cash. I can’t seem to find out how this is being done. I do have two cameras but she knows about them. Any suggestions?

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