Culhane Meadows’ Washington, DC partner Peter Cassat was recently quoted in an article by TechTarget about employers monitoring employee PCs.
Here are a few excerpts from the article:
Informing employees of electronic communication monitoring is widely considered a best practice for HR. But employee monitoring notification is not necessarily required by law, prompting a growing wave of state-by-state bills mandating written notice to workers.
Lawmaker interest in employee monitoring notification corresponds with the shift to remote work. One of the most consequential laws for employers is the California Privacy Rights Act, which was introduced in 2020 and took effect Jan. 1. The state law is considered an extension of the California Consumer Privacy Act to employees.
According to legal experts, employees using employer-owned PCs and other equipment have no right to privacy. But it’s a gray area whether employers should inform employees of any monitoring.
Peter Cassat, a labor and employment attorney at Culhane Meadows PLLC in Washington, D.C., said the rise in interest in employee monitoring notification is a reaction to “the perception that there is just an increasing amount of personal information in the workplace that’s accessible by the employer.”
“It is best practice for employers, generally, to let employees know” about monitoring, he said.
Read the entire article HERE to learn more.
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