This Employee Search Policy sets out when and how a company may search its
employees. Where an employer feels it is necessary to search employees it
is often damaging to the mutual trust that exists between the parties. It
is important therefore to ensure that where it does become necessary such
searches are carried out under strict conditions in order to best preserve
the relationship between the employer and the employees.
It is important to note that this policy should only be adopted where
employees’ terms and conditions permit the employer to carry out searches.
The introduction of this Search Policy could be interpreted as a change to
employees’ terms and conditions of employment, and so it should be agreed
in the same way as any variation of terms.
This Employee Search Policy sets out who will conduct searches and how they
will be conducted. Any employer who may wish to search an employee should
have a written policy on how the employee search is targeted and carried
out in order to reduce the possibility of discrimination, breach of
contract or assault. Provided a proper Search Policy is adhered to, the
chances of an employee bringing a well-founded grievance will be reduced.
This policy includes the following sections:
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