The focus of this article is on Schedule 2 in Bill 88. It proposes to amend the Employment Standards Act by adding a provision requiring employers that employ 25 or more employees to have a written policy with respect to electronic monitoring of employees.
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”
New research suggests that it may be wise for employers to take a reasonable approach when dealing with issues of employee web surfing during work; in fact, by banning it outright and excessively patrolling the workplace, employers may cause more harm than good.