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Hiring Practices: How to Protect Yourself Against Dishonest Employees

Ashley Newhall

Photo by Edwin Remsberg

Back in September I wrote about farm protection laws.  In case you missed that post, farm protection laws, or “ag gag” laws as they are referred to by activists, generally criminalize the undercover investigation of agricultural operations, no matter the intent of the individual.  Some states’ laws require that the individual have the intent to damage the business, while other farm protection laws do not.  One of the underlying themes to many of the farm protection laws is deterring dishonest employees or employment that has ulterior motives.  For example, an activist applies for a job at a poultry facility but actually privately films activities that go on in the day-to-day operations.  This would be an instance that farm protection laws aim to prevent or hinder since it undermines the business.  Even though Maryland does not have a farm protection law, there are other ways to be proactive in protecting the integrity of your operation.

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