The Real-World Legalities of Employee Surveillance

Are you concerned about protecting your intellectual or physical property from employee theft?

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Whether you’re looking to implement a few basic safeguards or bolster your current crop of monitoring tools, there is some basic legal information that should concern you. Every state governs the amount of privacy that an employee can reasonably expect. If you cross this threshold, you may be subjecting your company to a sizable legal risk.

Curtis Smolar of Ropers Majeski Kohn and Bentley says that companies need to be well aware of the laws relating to the particular monitoring tool they plan to use. For the less invasive forms of monitoring such as a digital key card or time card, there usually isn’t much associated concern. But for more invasive forms such as video and audio surveillance, there are specific regulations that dictate what can and can’t be done.

Smolar suggests to be transparent in your employee policy. If you’re monitoring your employees, the policy should say so to keep you covered from a legal standpoint. For more on the legalities of surveillance, read the full article by Smolar.

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