HR notified us of some changes to our employee handbook today, and we're required to sign them, along with a wage deduction authorization.
Some of the changes seem strange to me, and I don't want to sign. Texas is a right to hire state, and I understand that means I can be fired at anytime. Some employees say that the changes are normal in larger companies. I want to know if this is true.
1. required to submit to drug and/or alcohol screening tests
* The People Team must be consulted before sending an employee for testing. Under no circumstances will the employee be allowed to drive himself or herself to the testing facility. A member of management must escort the employee to the testing facility.
2. Non-Fraternization Policy
* When a conflict or the potential for conflict arises as a result of a romantic relationship between employees, even if there is no line of authority or reporting involved, the employees may be separated by reassignment, or terminated from
employment at the discretion of rewardStyle.
* If a romantic relationship between employees develops, it is the responsibility and obligation of the employees involved to disclose the existence of the relationship to their manager and The People Team. Further, you may be asked to sign a Consensual Relationship Agreement.
3. Technology Replacement
* For the first incident of lost, stolen, or damaged technology that is provided to an employee by rewardStyle, rewardStyle will pay 50% of the costs to replace or fix the item with the employee responsible for remaining 50% of such costs (as outlined below). After the first repair or replacement incident, technology provided to an employee by rewardStyle that is lost, stolen, or damaged will be at the employee’s full expense (as outlined below). Failure to return technology or pay for damages may result in legal action.
4. Company's Right to Search
* In addition to Company premises, and subject to applicable laws, the Company may search employees, their work areas, storage areas, personal vehicles if driven or parked on company property, and other personal items such as bags, purses, briefcases, backpacks, lunch boxes, and other containers.
So, my employer can grab me in the middle of the day and have me drug tested? I have to tell HR if become romantically involved with a coworker? I have to pay 50% of the cost of lost or damaged equipment? My company can search my car if it's parked in the parking garage? What the heck?
Here's a link to the full employee handbook:
- New DvVM004. unacceptable.
the rest are ok for retail workers and this sounds like written for them. unacceptable for technology workers.
ignore and see if they pressure you
- Uber @w@No, they're saying that technology workers shouldn't be micromanaged and treated like unreliable minimum wage workers.
I worked at least seven years in retail. It was shitty and they never treated retail workers like decent human beings because let's face it, at least half of my peers were maliciously incompetent.Jan 112
- #1 would never happen in practice. Would be a media nightmare if they got out. #2 protects you - imagine you get romantically involved with someone senior or junior to you, break up, and then they complain about you to hr. #3 is fucked, don’t agree to that BS. #4 would never happen.
- #1,3,4 is even applicable in my company in Texas. I hated it..didn't use weed for 2.5 years scared of drug tests. The testing was very strange ..we even have a clause they can search our bags and clothes if we are suspected to be using drugs :/ I signed it for 3 cycles in a row..drug testing did happen to people, but not to me. Other rules were never put in practice..so sign and chill..or if you hate your job, Which you don't seem to, look for other jobs. Either way , don't let's these rules decide where you work..I know it makes you feel like you are a criminal when you sign stuff like "we have right to search bla bla", "and you'd be asked to pay 50%...." but most likely it's a large policy of the company and not likely just for you
- Well, if you think your co-workers are those kind of people, then you should leave. Lol..but at least in my experience, these are to limit their liability, and how often do you think you will cause property damage to their stuff anyway.. or take something which wasn't yours..I work for a healthcare company so I was anyway very careful of the things I take back home, since they can be subject to checking..as long as you are not doing anything wrong, you shouldn't be scared..the drug testing part sucks , but depends if you are freaking out coz it'll actually change your life style or if you just don't like signing such a thing
- What kind of job are you in? Random drug testing is understandable if you work in high risk machinery
- rewardStyle exmachinaI won’t sign it. I like working here for the most part, but this year is off to a bad start. Let them fire me.
- New tLFu71Fuck that. Don’t sign at all. Could also limit you if they get sued later over this bs. Find another job ASAP. Plenty of companies badly hiring right now.
- New FourHrWkWkSounds like the company either has very conservative/paranoid execs (It is Texas), or, the company has been burned. Employee manuals can evolve based on past experiences.
Perhaps they don’t want another incident of a salesperson showing up to a client meeting late, smelling like weed, and losing a deal; or a brand new employee complains that she missed out on a project opportunity to a peer who she thought was blowing the project lead and so she quit and demanded a $300k settlement for hostile work environment; or an ADD employee lost three laptops 6 phone chargers in a year, and worse than losing technology is loss of critical data and time to restore.
If you want the job, sign it. As long as you’re a good, loyal employee, these rules were not written for you. If down the road your paranoid boss demands to search your car, either let him do it and prove you’re not hiding anything, or politely decline if they fire you then, get an attorney and sue them for wrongful search. They will more likely settle.