Abandoned personal items at a work place

If a former employee has abandoned personal items at a work place, how
long does the employer have to hold onto them?

Asked on May 19, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Alaska


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

The employer has already kept it longer than it needs to, since the obligation is to only keep it for a "reasonable" time, but as a last thing to ensure that she can't possibly sue you, send her a letter, sent someway you can prove delivery (use the last/best address you have) reiterating how long these items have been there and giving her 30 days to arrange to pick them up or they will be treated as abandoned and disposed of. Then if she does not get them within that time frame, you may get rid of them. It is *always* a good idea to give someone written notice and a firm time frame, sent some way you can prove delivery.

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