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Our new Employee Handbook has attachments to sigh and send

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Our new Employee Handbook has attachments to sigh and send back to headquarters. Among those there is a Search Consent agreement, which says that this is now a MANDATORY TERM OF EMPLOYMENT AND THOSE NOT SIGNING ARE SUBJECT TO TERMINATION. I have been with this company for many years and it was NOT a term of employment before.
Should I sign such a document? Not that I am afraid to be caught on something, it just seems very odd to me.
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: California Employment Law
Expert:  arcadierm replied 4 years ago.

Board Certified Attorney : Assuming you do not have an actual employment contract, your employer can change its policies, processes, and even your job description as a condition of continued employment. If you refuse to sign something that is not illegal, then you can be legally terminated. A search consent agreement is not illegal unless it violates your privacy rights and it does not serve a legitimate business interest, and it is outside the course and scope of your work.

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