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|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 09/04/2003

U.S. BILL REQUIRES DISCLOSURE OF EMPLOYEE MONITORING

Washington — American companies will have to tell employees if they monitor workers’ computer, Internet or telephone use, under legislation introduced in both Houses of Congress. Employees will be able to sue their bosses for up to $20,000 if they find they are being monitored without their knowledge. More than 78 per cent of large U.S. firms monitor employee communications on the job, twice as many as reported doing so in 1997, a recent survey by the American Management Association indicates.

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