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The Surprising Answer on Whether Employees Can Record Your Workplace Conversation

Posted in Data Privacy, Highlight

On Friday, I talked to over 150 attendees of our Labor & Employment seminar about workplace surveillance and monitoring. Some of the discussion focused on whether employers can do the recording; but what about employees? This is not some theoretical question. More and more employees are recording conversations at their workplaces on smartphones, according to recent… Continue Reading

Watching Over Your Employees

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Laws and Regulations, Social Media

With cameras on every smart phone and computers that can track your every click, it’s hard for employers to know what’s proper in the workplace when it comes to surveillance and monitoring. I’ve talked on the blog before about Connecticut’s Electronic Monitoring Act. But there are several other laws and theories that employers should be… Continue Reading

The Spy Who Loved Me? IKEA and Surveillance Laws

Posted in Highlight, Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Manager & HR Pro’s Resource Center

Earlier this week, my law partner, Ross Garber, tweeted about a scandal developing in France regarding allegations that IKEA spied on its employees. The New York Times reported: A regional court in Versailles, near Paris, is now examining whether Ikea executives in France broke the law by ordering personal investigations — not only of Ms…. Continue Reading

Quick Hits: From I-9s to Workplace Surveillance

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Laws and Regulations, Litigation, Wage & Hour

The Connecticut Law Tribune’s quarterly supplement on Labor & Employment Law was published this week and as usual, it is chock full of articles of relevance to attorneys and employers.  Many of the topics have been covered here in the blog, but the additional analysis and discussion on the topics make them useful.  You can… Continue Reading

Reality Bites: Know the Law Before Using That Hidden Camera

Posted in Highlight, Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Laws and Regulations

During the holiday break, I did what many lawyers do (but will publicly deny): I watched a few “bad” reality tv shows.   No, I didn’t watch “Here Comes Honey Boo-boo” (even I have my limits).  But on the Food Network was a marathon of episodes of a show called “Mystery Diners”.   The show is based around so-called “Mystery… Continue Reading

Spying on Your Employees? Know the Law First

Posted in Highlight, Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Laws and Regulations, Manager & HR Pro’s Resource Center

A recent story in a Forbes blog disclosed how one company fired 25 employees, after monitoring its employees’ computer activity.  Of course, the CEO learned that secret recordings work both way, as one employee recorded the termination meeting.  Connecticut employers have special obligations when it comes to employee monitoring.  In terms of surveillance, Conn. Gen. Stat. Sec…. Continue Reading

Being a Real “Undercover Boss” In Connecticut

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance

Last night, I caught a glimpse of CBS’ hit show "Undercover Boss".  The premise of the reality show is simple: A CEO goes "undercover" in the workplace to see what’s "really" happening.  In last night’s episode, the CEO of Frontier Airlines went behind the scenes to, among other things, remove human waste from airplane bathrooms.   Putting… Continue Reading

The World Cup in the Workplace: Opportunities and Distractions

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance

For Americans, I want you to envision an event that is larger than three Super Bowls. Then you’ll begin to grasp how big the World Cup is. In past years, employers in the United States have escaped much of what the rest of the world has had to deal with — a month long event… Continue Reading

Google Latitude in Connecticut’s Workplaces – What Employers Should Know Before Tracking Employees

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance

Google released a new program last week called Latitude. You can get full details here, but the gist of it is that can show your location (and the location of your friends) real-time on a map.  So, suppose you and your teenager have cell-phones — voila, you can see on a map where they are… Continue Reading

Guest Blogger: Computer Monitoring of Email in the Workplace — Whose Problem Is It?

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance

When my trial is over (end of March??!!), perhaps I’ll be able to tell you all about the madness that is sometimes the Connecticut civil court system. But in the meantime, we are blessed today with another guest blogger.  Kris Dunn, who runs the fabulous HR Capitalist Blog, is a seasoned pro in human resources…. Continue Reading