HR Issues

New Employee Policies

rewardStyle 01112019
Jan 11

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:
https://anonfile.com/X7T4t3qbb2/rewardStyle_-_Handbook_-_Updated_Jan_2019_pdf

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  • Akamai Technologies Trn
    They are rewarding you in style..
    Jan 111
    • rewardStyle 01112019
      OP
      Inquisition Style
      Jan 11
  • New DvVM00
    4. 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
    Jan 113
    • Are you saying tech workers don't do drugs or have inappropriate relationships in the workplace?
      Jan 11
    • 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 11
    • But in an organization you have a mix of employees and a company can face legal action if they apply different rules for hourly vs salary employees.
      Jan 11
  • Microsoft hellobyby
    #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.
    Jan 112
    • rewardStyle 01112019
      OP
      #2 “even if there’s no line of authority or reporting involved”
      Jan 11
    • Microsoft hellobyby
      I know not ideal but they are just trying to minimize risk in case a bad breakup spills into their corporate bubble.
      Jan 11
  • Cloudflare myimouto
    time to quit
    Jan 111
    • rewardStyle 01112019
      OP
      That’s my plan. Sucks because I like my job.
      Jan 11
  • Facebook ujsX74
    You lost me at “wage deduction authorization.” Time to go bye bye.
    Jan 110
  • Parallon YMpz83
    #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
    Jan 116
    • rewardStyle 01112019
      OP
      Does Texas require companies to have these policies?
      Jan 11
    • Parallon YMpz83
      I don't think so..but either way, as I edited in my comment, these rules should not decide your decision to stay or leave. These are most likely copied from some state handbook or some generic website, and you're just asked to sign it..
      Jan 11
    • rewardStyle 01112019
      OP
      I don't want to be paranoid, but say someone puts something in your bag and anonymously reports you. I just see a lot of potential problems here.
      Jan 11
    • Parallon YMpz83
      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
      Jan 11
    • Parallon YMpz83
      I just have one concern here..be sure you are breaking no rules by posting a PDF and verbatim pasting policies here..I would really paraphrase your post if I were you..maybe I'm just paranoid now
      Jan 11
    • rewardStyle 01112019
      OP
      Both.

      I’m not concerned about my coworkers, but our mgmt and hr have done things to make it easier to fire employees, and have fired at least one under questionable circumstances.

      It’s legit time to gtfo.

      Thanks for sharing your experiences and thoughts.
      Jan 11
  • Microsoft lKlc85
    What kind of job are you in? Random drug testing is understandable if you work in high risk machinery
    Jan 113
    • rewardStyle 01112019
      OP
      Software engineer. We’re a technology company, providing services to social media influencers and their followers.
      Jan 11
    • Microsoft lKlc85
      #4 might be borderline based on state. How did the switch turn on overnight for these policies?
      Jan 11
    • rewardStyle 01112019
      OP
      Not sure, in our inbox this afternoon.

      We’ve had high turnover and other problems, but I’m unaware of any violations that would cause this kind of change. I’m also not in a position where I’d know of any violations, though.
      Jan 11
  • rewardStyle exmachina
    I 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.
    7d1
    • Google MyBreezy
      Get that unemployment. Start looking
      7d
  • LinkedIn tar-cfz
    Don't sign. Get fired, collect unemployment, leetcode
    7d0
  • Glooko drditto
    I read 1 and thought "OP is sensitive" then I read 2-4 and the conclusion is these policies are wack.
    Jan 110
  • New tLFu71
    Fuck 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.
    Jan 111
    • He has to sign or get fired. This types of doc's aren't optional, if you don't like it find another job.
      Jan 11
  • rewardStyle kth98M
    Just keeps getting worse. We're treated like children. I guess we can be fired if we don't sign?
    6d0

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