Privacy Issues in the Work Place

Managing employees has always been complicated and is becoming even more so with the increasing use of technology in the workplace and a corresponding increase in the recognition of individual privacy rights. With technology, employers are able to track the activities of their employees both on and off duty. As well, local governments are subject to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (“FIPPA”), which recognizes that information about employees is their personal information and sets out limits on a local government’s ability to collect, use and disclose that information. Areas which will be discussed in this paper are the use of medical information, drug and alcohol testing, GPS technology, and employee use of workplace technology.

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