Overview: The building that houses an employer's business functions and its employees has a lot of value for the employer. Without it, there would be no business. In fact, many businesses that close down after a natural disaster never open again. Moreover, employees - the employer's most valuable asset - need to be protected against all sorts of threats. Accordingly, it is easy to see why building security is such an important concern.
Making the building secure from outside threats applies both to threats of nature and threats from individuals. Safeguards should be in place to prevent access by unwelcome visitors through such means as secured entries, security cameras and a sign-in processes for visitors. For threats of nature, an employer should train employees on easily navigable evacuation routes and shelter-in-place procedures.
Trends: Unfortunately, violence in the workplace is becoming increasingly commonplace. To prevent such tragedies, employers should take precautions such as terminating employee access to the building immediately upon the effective end date of employment.
Author: Melissa Gonzalez Boyce, JD, Legal Editor
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