The provinces are opening back up and various guidance has been issued to employers regarding how to do so safely, but the virus still exists and it’s still contagious. Governments who have been encouraging people to stay home are now contemplating how to get people to go out when really conditions regarding the virus have not drastically changed. This juxtaposition will have an impact on workplaces.
Employee privacy rights
Gone are days of unregulated and untethered data gathering. With the rolling out of the California Consumer Privacy Act, Canadian businesses are now finding themselves navigating a sea awash with a patchwork of extraterritorial legislation
If you decide that you need to keep an eye on your employees, you’ll want to take into consideration this guidance from BC’s Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner.
As technology becomes more inexpensive, accessible and ubiquitous, we are seeing an increase in employers’ use of surveillance tools. While workplace monitoring has its benefits, such as providing safety coverage and greater transparency, it can come with risks, including the unlawful collection of employees’ personal information. Recognizing the enhanced role technology plays in the modern workplace, the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia (OIPC) recently published two guidance documents to help employers navigate their use of employee surveillance:
As a starting point, the collection, use and disclosure of employee’s personal information accessed by employers is subject to BC’s Freedom of Information and Protection of … Continue reading “Keeping an eye on employees – Guidance from BC’s Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner”