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Legal Help on Employee Theft from Holiday Temps Amarillo TX

Employee theft is a huge problem in retail and even more so during the holiday season when you need to hire holiday temps. Here you will find some really useful employment tips that will help you avoid employee theft with prescreening advice. Please scroll down for more information and access to the litigation lawyers in Amarillo, TX listed below.

Robert Riverson Bell III
500 S TAYLOR ST PLAZA TWO
AMARILLO, TX
Specialties
Litigation, Appeals, Bankruptcy, Debt Collection
Education
Texas Tech University School of Law,Baylor University
State Licensing
Texas

Walter Paul Wolfram
Amarillo National Bank Plaza II, 500 South Taylor Street, Suite 1060
Amarillo, TX
Specialties
Litigation, Bankruptcy, Personal Injury, Probate, Fraud
Education
University of Texas School of Law,North Texas State College
State Licensing
Texas

Clinton E. Averitte
(806) 468-3832
205 E 5th St Box F13246
Amarillo, TX
Specialties
Business, Criminal Defense, Social Security, Personal Injury, Litigation
Education
Southern Methodist University
State Licensing
Texas

James R. Devore Jr.
ONE MAXOR PLAZA 320 S POLK ST STE 700
AMARILLO, TX
Specialties
Health Care, Education, Litigation, Commercial
Education
University of Texas School of Law,University of Texas System, Austin
State Licensing
Texas

Robert R. Sanders
ONE MAXOR PLAZA 320 S POLK ST STE 700
AMARILLO, TX
Specialties
Education, Commercial, Litigation, Mediation, Probate
Education
Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law,Vanderbilt University
State Licensing
Texas

Joe W. Hayes
(806) 324-0324
320 S POLK ST STE 1000
AMARILLO, TX
Specialties
Oil & Gas, Commercial, Litigation
Education
Texas Tech University,West Texas State University
State Licensing
Texas

Sarah Danyelle Barger Pelley
(806) 337-1122
500 S Taylor, Ste 800
Amarillo, TX
Specialties
Bankruptcy, Litigation
Education
Baylor University
State Licensing
Texas

Robert L. Templeton
(806) 324-0324
320 S POLK ST STE 1000
AMARILLO, TX
Specialties
Personal Injury, Oil & Gas, Commercial, Litigation
Education
Baylor University,Baylor University
State Licensing
Texas

Marvin W. Jones
(806) 468-3344
701 S TAYLOR ST STE 500
AMARILLO, TX
Specialties
Environmental, Litigation, Energy
Education
Baylor University School of Law,Baylor University
State Licensing
Texas

Art B. Lara Jr.
415 SW 8TH AVE STE 301
AMARILLO, TX
Specialties
Litigation, Commercial, Insurance, Family, Personal Injury
Education
Texas A&M University, West Texas A&M University,Texas Tech University
State Licensing
Texas

Legal Help on Employee Theft from Holiday Temps

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Holiday temps make the best scammers

Posted by Robert Siciliano on December 9th, 2009

Robert Siciliano is a NextAdvisor.com Expert Guest Blogger

This is the absolute best time of the year to be a dishonest temporary worker. Holiday hustle and bustle overwhelms managers and supervisors and they can’t possibly see everything their employees are doing. It has been said that only 10% of employees are honest, 10% of employees will always steal and 80% will steal based on circumstances. Hiring temps during the holidays becomes the perfect storm for employee theft.

Estimates reveal that 40-50% of all business losses are due to employee theft. Employers need to first vet potential hires so as not to invite a thief into the workplace.

Prescreening

  • Either use a prescreening service or become a master interviewer. Watch for incongruities.
  • Resumes are often “false advertising,” sometimes including outright lies. Look for red-flags and exaggerations.
  • Appearance is telling. To be disheveled and unkempt at an interview is a reflection of one’s character.
  • Interviewees who are well-spoken and ace the interview process may have had lots and lots of jobs.
  • Use employment applications, and check and verify everything.
  • Background checks are only one small, but necessary, element of the screening process.
  • Criminal records checks are insufficient and do not detect employee theft unless prosecuted and convicted.
  • Juvenile convictions do not show on a criminal records check.
  • Drug and alcohol testing.
  • Reference checks.
  • Credit reports.
  • Physical exams.

Hire honest people.

Honest people live by the golden rule, “Do as to others as you would have them do unto you.” Honest people see stealing as demeaning. Honest people believe in karma. Honest people think of the consequences of their actions over a lifetime, not just in the moment. Hire honest people.

Perception is reality.

Assume that after an apparently honest person has been hired, there is still potential for stealing to begin. Orientation is the first place to discourage this behavior. Policies must be openly discussed. Employees are shown aspects of loss prevention and physical security in place. They are further told incidences of theft will be prosecuted under the fullest extent of the law. They are reminded that previous employees were caught and the expenses in fines and to lawyers in a criminal defense cost far more than the goods or cash that were stolen. In Singapore, Iran, Saudi Arabia, they put an average of 500 people a year to death for various nonviolent crimes. That’s perception equaling reality.

Understand the theft probability equation.

Chance of getting caught + consequences of action taken = Level of risk & probability of theft.

  • Low risk: high probability of theft
  • High risk: low probability of theft
  • A reputation for non-action breeds theft. If you fire thieves without prosecution, you will hire thieves in the future.

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