Legally search employees' lockers
"You may at some point suspect an employee of engaging in misconduct," says Dr. Charlotte Lacroix, JD, owner of Veterinary Business Advisors in Whitehouse Station, N.J. "Then the burning question is: Do you have the right to search the lockers?"
To head off privacy lawsuits, Dr. Lacroix says to put your workplace search policy in your employee manual. A thorough policy explains the following points:
And finally, require team members to sign a document saying they've read, understood, and agreed to these policies. Of course, all this due diligence doesn't mean you can do whatever you want, says Dr. Lacroix. "All searches should be based on reasonable suspicion, conducted in accordance with hospital policy, and well documented," she says.