CanadaOne Twitter CanadaOne Linkedin CanadaOne Facebook CanadaONe RSS

Ask an Expert

Can an employer perform searches without notice?

Expert: Howard Levitt

Dan asked:

Does an employer have the right to, at the end of the day, say that they are now going to start to do searches of purses, coats, aprons and anything else that can conceal items?

Howard Levitt answered:

They may perform searches, but it depends upon the history of thefts, the nature of the employee, the industry and whether less intrusive methods exist and have been tried. This demands a full analysis and is very fact specific.

About the author

Howard Levitt, Counsel to the national law firm Lang Michener. He is author of, The Law of Dismissal in Canada, The Quick Reference Guide to Employment Law and an upcoming book on Canadian Hiring Law. He is Editor In Chief of the Dismissal & Employmnet Law Digest.

Phone: (416) 307-4059
Website Bio:

Click here to go back to Ask-an-Expert index page.