Workplace Privacy

Employee privacy is an ever-changing, complex issue. On one hand, employers would like to know as much about their employees as needed to make the right personnel decisions. For instance, school districts need to know that they're bus drivers are not drinking alcohol before or during their shifts. Therefore, a preemployment drug and alcohol test -- and perhaps random tests during their employment -- makes good sense in that case. But it's probably not necessary (and illegal in some states) for a restaurant to check the credit scores of prospective wait staff.