My employer recently had their office building re-keyed, and in the process of distributing the new keys, each of us had to sign an updated version of a contract. The contract states, among other things, that if the employee loses their key, they will have to pay the whole cost of re-keying each door which the lost key worked on. The cost per door is estimated at $100.
In the USA, state of Utah:
- Is this a normal or common policy?
Is it an enforceable policy?Eh, let's leave this one to the lawyers.
- If I wish to return my key to avoid being liable for its potential loss, how should I approach this? I am only occasionally the first to arrive or last to leave.
Edit - Additional details:
The policy says I am not allowed to copy the key for any reason. As some comments have guessed, the purpose of re-keying is because the lost key could be in the wrong hands. Replacing the key isn't the issue; disabling the lost key's ability to give access to the office is.
While I don't often arrive first or leave last, I do regularly need to come in on a Saturday to make up a few hours of missed work. If I return the key, I must get a key-carrying coworker to come unlock and re-lock the doors for me.
Some parts of the office, but not the parts I need access to, use a digital fob/card system which can enable & disable individual access fobs/cards, but even these areas require the employees who need access to also have a key - both electronic and key locks are used to lock up.