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Cracking down on internal theft problem? Be sure to handle criminal checks properly

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Has your workplace experienced an increase in theft? If so, you’re probably exploring loss-prevention measures. While you assess your options, make sure you don’t crack down on employees in ways that will land you in court.

The key is to adopt a multi-pronged approach that doesn’t just single out current employees with criminal records.

Recent case: GRA-GAR is a trucking company that operates 14 terminals. Its Dallas facility is huge, containing numerous mechanics’ shops and lots where storage trailers are parked. Also on site are an office building, driver’s lounge and motel where drivers sometimes stay. The possibility of theft is a constant threat.

GRA-GAR employees use their employee badges to gain access to the terminal, and an electronic reader keeps a record of the employees as well as visitors.

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