Published: Sunday, May 12 2013 2:30 p.m. MDT
The federal privacy act of individuals is all an employee needs to quote an
employer if they demand or threaten them with their jobs and being fired. It is
a against the law for employers to ask for such information. This law just
reinforces the right to privacy.As for employer supplied phones and
communication devices the law already makes all information on them the property
of the employer, most employees seem to think a phone use on company time is
private information but they are wrong. If employers did not pursue this channel
to track and monitor the use of their equipment is there own fault but their
right. When an employee is on the job and clock time of employer they have no
privacy without the consent of an employer. Emergency calls on company time are
also the property of the employer.Family calls on private phones and
lines on company time is fraud and employees can be required to pay back labor
time cost used for private or personal use. Any employee with
integrity or character will respect and honor their contract with their
employers for full work for full pay without question.
@My2Cents: "When an employee is on the job and clock time of employer they
have no privacy without the consent of an employer"Not quite
correct. If you think an employee sacrifices all right to privacy while
working, try putting a video cam in the rest room or going through an
employee's purse and see where it leads you. A workplace isn't a
benevolent dicatorship where the workers have no more rights than a slave. I'm not sure why any employer would think they have the right to
demand passwords to their employee's web sites, email, or social media
sites, any more than they could demand copies of the employee's house and
car keys or the right to go through the employee's home mail box. The boss
is the employer, not the parole officer or parent of the employee.
my 2 cents; Well said.
Eliyahu; well said.
@My2Cents: please don't quote the law when you aren't an expert. Your
comment about making personal phone calls on work time isn't supported by
any law on the books and I don't think I have ever seen a case where an
employee has been required to reimburse an employer for limited and
non-competing personal activities on work time. To the extent there are legal
restrictions on the use of company time for personal activities, those
restrictions are generally the result of company policy or state law. The
federal employee privacy act only applies to employees of the federal
government. The federal privacy protections available to employees of private
companies are limited and are also dependent on the state and the employer. I think the new Utah law is a great thing though and hope to see more
activity by the legislature to acknowledge that employees are entitled to
private space and time when they are not at work.
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