HR Strange But True!
June 07, 2002
We all know that HR is never boring. But sometimes, it can get downright strange...

It doesn't pay to hassle the Internal Revenue Service, yet security has gotten to be such a concern in U.S. workplaces that some companies won't drop their guard even for visitors from the IRS .

The Wall Street Journal reports that companies have demanded Social Security numbers, home addresses, and other private data before they will let agents inside their offices.

IRS agents consider the idea more than just intrusive, according to the Journal. "There are safety issues, in case of retaliation from disgruntled taxpayers. We're cautious about providing personal information anywhere," says Colleen M. Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union.

At least IRS agents can tell security to buzz off. A December memo from an IRS official notes that the IRS has the right to say when and where audits can take place.

Source: Wall Street Journal, via

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