Security at work

Reports indicate that theft and fraud in the workplace are increasing, as the recession and its after effects continue.

UK employment law places great emphasis on rules, policies and procedures.  You won’t find much about this in statute law, but the ACAS Codes, best practice advice and case law combine to promote written rules and policies.

These pressures have led to the development in most organisations of operation manuals, staff handbooks and training manuals, and these usually contain the security do’s and don’ts.  The rules ideally will cover security of goods, money, information and people.

There is an interesting tendency for these documents to get longer and longer — rules get added over time, as specific breaches are identified and dealt with.   This means that some security rules become so long that they have the unintended effect of making controls harder to enforce and breaches harder to challenge, not easier.

Annabel Kaye is Managing Director of Irenicon Ltd, a specialist employment law consultancy.   Tel: 08452 303050  Fax: 08452 303060  Website :  You can follow Annabel on twitter – and check our regular articles and news throughout the autumn on our blog site –

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