Privacy Rights vs. Employee Tracking
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Aired 4/25/13 on KPBS Midday Edition.
Dan Eaton, San Diego business law attorney, Seltzer, Caplan, McMahon & Vitekin
As more and more San Diegans return to the job force, they're finding the nature of the workplace is changing.
To increase productivity, many business are monitoring their employees like never before. From video cameras to GPS to reading email and social media accounts. In addition, software has been developed to track words being typed on your computer keyboard. But how much tracking is too much by your employer? When does monitoring employees cross over an employees right to privacy?
A two-part report in the Los Angeles Times explored how employers are tracking and monitoring employees both in the workplace and out.
Dan Eaton, San Diego business attorney says while these methods may improve productivity, it can also strain the employer-employee relationship.
One form of tracking involves the use of GPS or, global positioning systems. Delivery trucks and company vehicles are being equipped with them allowing employers to check an employees whereabouts and cut down on lag time in between deliveries.