Legal and Ethical Aspects of Electronic Monitoring and Surveillance of Employees”

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mANAGEMENT 350: hUMAN RESOURCE mANAGEMENT | “Legal and Ethical Aspects of Electronic Monitoring and Surveillance of Employees” | | By: Chakana Moore, Patricia Davis, Eric Luken, Michelle Dailey, Jeffrey Webb | |
11/21/2011

Electronic Monitoring and Surveillance
Human Resource Management
Research Project November 21, 2011
Legal and Ethical Aspects of Electronic Monitoring and Surveillance of Employees

Introduction

Workplace monitoring has been a point of discussion within businesses as Human Resource Management feels that there is a need to watch their employees and how they conduct themselves at all times during the work day. Unless a government employee, employees are subject to any monitoring the employer
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Last exception is the “consent”. “Consent” exception applies to even when the sender of the intercepted communication has been assured that all email communications would remain confidential and privileged. In Smyth v The Pillsbury Company, Smyth sent emails to his supervisor that contained unprofessional comments from his home computer. Because his supervisor gave consent to the company to intercept the emails and the emails were later retrieved by the courts, Smyth was terminated and was not able to be protected under the consent exception. A second commonplace monitoring method used by employers is internet tracking. Internet tracking can be used to visit non-work websites like Facebook and Yahoo accounts. Statistics show over 90% of employees admits to visiting other websites doing work hours. About 76% of firms monitor internet use. This can help companies prevent employees from going to inappropriate sites which could possibly create legal issues. For instance, a New Jersey case contained a log that showed one employee accessing porn websites. This activity caused an employee to be arrested due to repeatedly logging on that site when told by his supervisor to stop. Also, this type of activity draws attention to companies and causes law enforcement to get involved and companies can be charged with aiding and abetting legal behavior if found with evidence. A third form of employee
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