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Employee Privacy Rights

Employee Tracking: Balancing Privacy and Productivity

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

It might be tempting to use software to track your employees, whether it’s to increase their productivity or to figure out if you’ve been left out of the e-vite to your coworker’s big barbecue. ...more

Data Protection Alert - How data protection impacts labor law

One of the aspects of digitalization is that it blurs the lines between personal and professional lives of employees. Such acknowledgement is reflected in EU and French laws, notably with regard to teleworking and the right...more

Chicken Caught: Privacy Commissioner Confirms Video Surveillance Should Be Last Resort for Organizations

In the recently released Investigation Report P17-01, Use of employee surveillance by a BC chicken catching organization, the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia (OIPC) confirmed that...more

Legal issues for those running UK construction businesses - (Planning, Health and Safety, Regulatory, House Building and...

by Dentons on

Welcome to our round-up of legal issues relevant to UK construction businesses. The summaries below contain updates and links to recent articles from colleagues specialising in planning, health and safety, regulatory or...more

Tips For Drafting Employee Handbooks - Tip #4: Avoiding Invasion of Privacy Claims

by Bryan Cave on

This article is part four in a six-part series. The purpose of this series is to provide tips and identify potential pitfalls associated with the drafting of an employee handbook....more

European Court of Human Rights: Monitoring Employee Communications

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

In Barbulescu v Romania (Application no. 61496/08) [2017] ECHR 742, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) clarified the right of employers to monitor employees’ private communications in the...more

Labor & Employment E-Note - October 2017

by Burr & Forman on

Employers often struggle with the balance between effective employee management and oversight and respect for employee privacy in the workplace. Mobile associate Emily Crow discusses common methods by which employers regulate...more

How to Answer Employee Questions About a Co-Worker's ADA Accommodations

The Americans with Disabilities Act requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations to employees with medical disabilities. The ADA also prohibits employers from disclosing information about an employee’s medical...more

Lawyers and Employers Must Protect Private Employee Data

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

A few weeks back, I did a post about having our personal data hacked. What if the hacker was you?...more

Employee monitoring – avoiding pitfalls in a changing landscape

by White & Case LLP on

Recent developments in case law and regulatory guidance have emphasised the need for employers to be cautious when implementing systems to monitor employees....more

Striking the Right Balance in Workplace Behavior and Privacy

by Burr & Forman on

Employers often struggle with the balance between effective employee management and oversight and respect for employee privacy in the workplace. Striking the right balance is a difficult task for employers seeking to uphold...more

WPI State of the States: Major Bills Advance in September, With More on Deck for October

by Littler on

The baseball pennant races are about to kick off, but not all the action is on the field. Roughly a dozen state legislatures were in session during September, and they considered more than 50 labor and employment bills....more

What Evidence is Required to Implement Random Drug and Alcohol Testing Policies in Safety Sensitive Workplaces?

by Field Law on

On September 28, 2017, the Alberta Court of Appeal issued its decision on Suncor Energy Inc v Unifor Local 707A, which considered the degree of evidence required to justify a random alcohol and drug testing policy. By way of...more

European Court Limits Workplace Email Monitoring

by Littler on

In its recent Grand Chamber judgment, the European Court of Human Rights held that employers can monitor an employee's email only if they provide advance notice. By a vote of 11-6, the Court found that failure to provide such...more

Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - September 2017

In this month's edition of our Privacy & Cybersecurity Update, we take a look at the first annual review of the Privacy Shield by U.S. and EU officials, and the Federal Trade Commission's first actions alleging Privacy Shield...more

Employment Matters – UK - Snooping on Employees' Private Emails

Some of you might recall the case of Mr Barbulescu v Romania in 2016, which involved an employee (Mr Barbulescu), who sent private emails through his personal Yahoo account from an office computer. Some messages were innocent...more

Privacy of personal communications at work

by Dentons on

The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has held that the monitoring of personal messages on a work-related internet messaging account did breach the Article 8 right to privacy....more

Social media and the workplace in South Africa

by Dentons on

Big Brother is watching you: a snapshot analysis of the employee’s right to freedom of expression and right to privacy versus the employer’s right to protect against reputational and brand damage....more

Labor & Employment Legislative Update - September 2017

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

A number of key legislative initiatives are currently pending before Congress which, if passed, will significantly impact the rights of employers and employees. These bills address a variety of subjects, including union...more

European Court of Human Rights Sets New Boundaries on Monitoring Employees in the Workplace

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has clarified the law surrounding the monitoring of employees’ private communications in the workplace. The decision overturns the earlier ruling of the lower...more

Illinois takes the lead on employee privacy: What employers need to know

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

When it comes to employee privacy protection, employees in the United States generally do not have a right to privacy in their workplace. By contrast, members of the European Union recognize employee rights to privacy and...more

Looking the Other Way: European Court of Human Rights Grand Chamber Determines Employer Monitoring of Electronic Communications...

In a case highlighting the European Continent’s approach to worker privacy, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights ruled that employers may violate employees’ rights when monitoring their electronic...more

European Court Rules On Employee Monitoring Programs And Privacy

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) issued its decision in the case of Barbulescu v. Romania (application no. 61496/08) on September 5, an appeal from a determination by the Romanian courts...more

European Court Provides Further Clarity on Employee Monitoring

by BakerHostetler on

The September 5, 2017, decision of the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Barbulescu v Romania (Barbulescu) has interrupted a recent trend toward limiting privacy in the European workplace. The...more

European Court Says Employers Cannot Monitor Employees' Personal Email Sent on Company Servers

The European Union has taken a substantially different approach than the United States to employee online privacy rights. Upcoming ePrivacy regulations promise to limit employers’ ability to monitor employee electronic...more

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