Employee monitoring technology increasingly used to prevent time theft

But privacy commissioner, arbitrators against use of tracking devices, says lawyer
By Danielle Harder
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 06/15/2012

Every day, hundreds of company vehicles pound the stretch of highway from Edmonton to Fort McMurray, Alta., many of them bearing a global positioning system (GPS) device that allows employers to know where the fleets are at any minute.

The device is there so employers can keep track of many concerns, including time theft. Increasingly, employers are using many forms of technology to track everything from start-end times to employee location, according to industry experts.

“It adds accountability,” says Sean Acheson, operations manager at Edmonton-based Certified Tracking Systems. “You can see if guys are doing a side job on their way from Edmonton to Fort McMurray or whether they stop here or there.”