What are the rules for video surveillance?

Several factors come into play when individual offices, workstations are involved
By Brian Johnston
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 11/14/2016

Question: Can an employer place video surveillance cameras in employee offices and workstations, or only in common areas?

Answer: It depends. The use of video surveillance by employers in the workplace has been a contentious issue for decades. Installation of surveillance cameras is contextual and will be determined based on a balancing of the employer’s right to manage its operations with an employee’s legitimate interests (such as a right to privacy).

However, it has been consistently held in unionized situations (absent permissive collective agreement language) that the use of video surveillance for the purposes of observing employees as they perform their daily tasks, without a compelling safety or security interest, will be an unreasonable interference with an employee’s reasonable expectation of privacy.