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Using GPS to monitor staff? Know legal risks and 5 best practices


With the rise in GPS technology, employers have unprecedented access to their employees’ whereabouts. However, before an employer begins using GPS to monitor employees, it should consider the related legal ramifications and employee privacy issues.

Court: Drug testing is not an inherent invasion of employee privacy


Employers can drug test employees as part of a safety program. The mere existence of a properly designed testing program does not invade a worker’s right to privacy.

Always get employee’s permission to record conversation about complaints


Here’s a reminder for Pennsylvania employers: Before videotaping or otherwise recording an investigation into an employee complaint, get permission to do so. Otherwise, you may face a wiretapping criminal charge.

Fingerprint time tracking? Check state law

In recent years, employers have seized on biometric technologies such as fingerprint scanning as a way to control time-clock abuse. But before you rush out to buy the latest in technology, be sure to check with your attorney or your state labor department.

Wave of the future? Company offers to microchip employees


A company in Wisconsin might be taking a bold step into the future—or a frightening turn down a dystopian path.

Pharma firm claims exec divulged confidential files

Teva Pharmaceuticals, headquartered in Horsham, Pa., is suing a former executive, claiming she transferred confidential computer files to her boyfriend—the president and CEO of Apotex, Canada’s largest pharmaceutical manufacturer.

What’s the problem with checking social media accounts of applicants and employees?

Q. I would like to ensure that all of the individuals working for us do not engage in morally questionable behavior. Since many people show their true selves on social media, not at work, can I check the social media profiles of applicants and employees?

States crack down on use of workers’ biometric data

Do you collect biometric data on your employees? If so, be aware that more states are regulating how you collect, store and disseminate the sensitive information.

Make sure employees know you’re monitoring

Few HR pros relish the thought of playing Big Brother. However, safeguarding sensitive data relies on being able to monitor employees’ use of your computer systems. In turn, you have an obligation to notify employees that you are watching what they read, write, download and upload.

Liability is murky, but employers should still take measures to protect personal data

Can an employer be held liable for any damage that results from a data breach that leads to identity theft?
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