Florida Employee Theft Investigations.
Are Employees Stealing.
How to resolve situations if
employee theft is suspected - If employment fraud is suspected,
one should seek legal advice and the services of a licensed private
immediately. While the main aim will be to obtain evidence that will
stand up in court, one should proceed with caution. There is a risk of
being taken to an employment tribunal should one's suspicions prove
incorrect or should one act in a way that breaches an employee's
employment law rights. In addition, the way one gathers evidence or checks
personal data on employees must comply with the Human Rights Act and the
Data Protection Act. Employers should always carry out a full identity
check on any new employee.
Be clear with employees that your company has zero tolerance for
employee theft of any sort. This includes not only stealing, but also
things such as taking a long lunch break, using sick leave when not
sick, doing slow or sloppy work, or coming to work late or leaving
Write and distribute a company policy that outlines
exactly what constitutes stealing. Contact your local police department
if you do discover an incident of employee theft. .
owners and senior management must themselves be role models of honesty
and integrity, or they may risk setting up a work environment that
justifies illegal and criminal activity.
Avoid at all costs
allowing the finances of a business to be handled and controlled by a
single individual. Separation of duties is critical, and no employee
should be responsible for both recording and processing a transaction.
Run irregularly scheduled surprise audits or have a third party
audit your books once a year.
Make sure all checks, purchase
orders, and invoices are numbered consecutively, and regularly check for
Use a "for deposit only" stamp on all incoming
checks to prevent an employee from cashing them.
of employee theft are revealed by coworkers, but many still are hesitant
to report these incidents to their employers. Set up a system whereby
employees may report employee theft anonymously.
checks above a nominal amount to have two signatures. Never sign a blank
check. Sign every payroll check personally. Avoid using a signature
Small business owners should take the time to review
accounts payable by checking cash disbursements and payments. A very
common scheme to look out for is billing-scheme fraud where an employee
sets up fictitious "phantom" vendors.
Be alert to disgruntled or
stressed employees, or those who have indicated that they are having
financial difficulties. Also look for any unexplained significant rises
in an employee's living standards.
A positive work environment
has been shown to deter employee fraud and theft. Open lines of
communication, positive employee recognition, and fair employment
practices will assist in the reduction of occupational fraud.
Personally look into customer complaints that they have not received
credit for payments.
Prevent, Employee Thefts.
1. Screen employees' personal and
financial background. This must be done prior to hiring an employee. Search for
history of gambling, drug problems, debt or other factors that might pressure
him to pilfer. Determine the potential employees' behavior and work attitude
through his references from past employment. You must provide full disclosure
of this beforehand not only because the law requires it from employers. Also,
this eliminates the perception that the company does not implement strict
measures for preventing and dealing with employment theft.
data and office area access restrictions. The FBI also suggests that being
lenient with employee access to classified data and other valued properties
provide opportunity for stealing. Limit the right to open or use company files,
storage facilities and computer data to those who need it. Do not grant access
of company development plans, to those in the sales or customer service
3. Watch employees from a distance. Sometimes, employees
need to know that someone is watching them to keep them from doing a wrong
move. Using internet protocol (IP) cameras allow employers and managers to
record and monitor stealing occurrences and people's productivity at work even
if you're at another location.
Prevent, Employee Thefts.
unauthorized websites. With the use of Web filters, you can restrict the
company's Internet access to certain gaming and gambling websites, as well as
social sites like Facebook or Twitter. Through this, you are already
controlling employees from robbing you off the time you pay them for
5. Avoid workers from bringing out items from
office/ company premises. Results from the 24th annual Retail Theft Survey
carried out by inventory- a protection consulting firm showed that for every
retail company, one out of 36 employees was caught pilfering in 2011. The total
value stolen in that year amounted to more than $47 million in the retail
business. The radio frequency identification system RFID is one of several
types of wireless security systems that uses radio-frequency electromagnetic
fields to transfer data from the products' RFID tags to readers and enables
easy tracking and retail inventory. .
6. Prevent Company Data Piracy.
According to a recent survey conducted by Iron Mountain, employees are more
susceptible to steal data when he leaves the company. To avoid this, one must
establish and implement strict policies of confidentiality, as well as those
regarding accessing, transferring, and handling information. There are also
online sources on information safety that suggest the restriction of using
portable devices. Constantly changing a company's online accounts like those
for cloud data storage also blocks employees from accessing data after
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