Spying on employees… and it’s perfectly legal

Employers have good reason to take advantage of new technology, but must balance it with the employee's right to privacy
By Peter Israel
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/05/2003


ew technologies enable employers to monitor staff more closely than ever before. Employers have good reasons to take advantage of such technologies. Concerns range from keeping tabs on employee productivity to preventing employee theft and the downloading of offensive material.

These concerns must be balanced against the employee’s right to privacy, a right that is increasingly recognized in law. Employers would also be wise to consider the impact of monitoring on employee morale and trust.