What is the best way to protect an employee from identity theft?

Author: Julie H. Cox

The best way for HR to protect employees from identity theft is to limit available personal information, such as Social Security numbers and personal information that may be too easily accessible. Training employees to handle confidential information on customers and clients is also essential. Enforcing these policies is important and is required by privacy rights in each state.

HR should establish a shredding policy for any documents containing personal information, health-related or not, and should provide shredders in accessible places, such as where copy machines or printers are kept. Posting policies and punishments for nonadherence can deter theft and encourage employees to remember to do their part in prevention.