Important decision re: employment privacy law

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Clients often ask if an employer may brief employees (or send a memo) when a key employee leaves the organization. Employers often wish to communicate in some way with remaining employees in these situations in order to ease concerns they may have about another employee's departure (voluntary or otherwise). The Alberta Privacy Commissioner issued an Order on June 14th, 2010 which makes it clear that employers must be very careful about their choice of words in these situations and that if too much is said, the employer may face civil liability.

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