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B.C. retroactively fixes legislative gaffe; Recruitment riot in Sweden; Big Brother's hiding in your ID badge; But what holidays need to be accommodated?; They didn't cover this in orientation; A sign you may need a new director of public safety
By Todd Humber
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/24/2014

Big Brother’s hiding in your ID badge

LONDON, U.K. — Privacy may be a thing of the past, but Hitachi is taking it to the next level with technology embedded in employee ID cards that tracks every movement they make. The badges can track an employee’s exact location and also keeps records of all of the other staff members he has talked to — including for how long and how energetically, according to Britain’s Daily Mail newspaper. It’s called Business Microscope and, yes — it even will track how long a staffer spends in the washroom.

B.C. retroactively fixes legislative gaffe

— The British Columbia government has introduced legislation to correct an oversight that technically meant there was no chair of its Employment Standards Tribunal between Feb. 13, 2009, and Oct. 5, 2011. The legislation, which the province called "legal housekeeping," was introduced on March 10 and will apply retroactively. It confirms the appointment of Brent Mullin as chair during that period, and it also confirms the validity of all decisions rendered by the tribunal in that period.