All the big companies have surveillance cameras to safeguard the workplace and whatever important resources that needs safekeeping.
And with the technology advancing the way it is, most people would not even notice the presence of a video camera in the vicinity.
Unfortunately this includes company employees.
As the surveillance technology's growth has zoomed in the recent years, concerns over employee privacy rights also increased.
Are these surveillance systems already invading their worker's privacy?
The concept of hidden cameras as a means to prevent theft, violence and sabotage is understandable but the courts says that employee privacy rights should still be a top concern.
If the employee finds out that he or she was being monitored through a hidden surveillance camera without their knowledge, then he or she may be able to file a lawsuit against the employer for violation of their privacy rights.
This is especially true if the surveillance is being done in areas such as the bathroom or changing rooms.
The law also limits allowed video surveillance to visual images.
The surveillance must not include audio that is derived from private conversations of the employee.
To prevent intrusion in employee privacy rights, the employer must be aware of what is allowed and what is not when it comes to video surveillance.
To help employers, here are some tips that they can follow if they wish to install a video surveillance system that will monitor their employees:
Â· Inform the employees â all employees should be notified that the company will be installing a video surveillance system.
Â· Assure the employees â Assure the employees that it will not intrude on their privacy rights and only images will be taken. No sound or audio will be included in the surveillance and it will not be installed in private areas such as restrooms, changing rooms, smoking areas, pantries, etc.
Â· Ask employees to sign a waiver â The waiver will certify that they have been informed and they are aware that there is a video camera installed in the workplace.
Â· Adhere to privacy guidelines â Make sure that you are aware of the laws that affect video monitoring of employees. Be aware of what acts will constitute intrusion on your employees' privacy.
Â· Have a proper grievance system â Your company should have a grievance system where employees who felt that their privacy rights have been violated can file a complaint and be assured that proper steps will be taken in response and that they will not be victims of retaliation.
You should also get legal advice from an expert employment law attorney to help you create policies that has the protection of employee privacy rights in mind.