Monitoring Employees: How Far Can You Go?
Mike Abcarian and Kevin Troutman’s article “Monitoring Employees: How Far Can You Go” was featured in the State Bar of Texas Corporate Counsel 2015 Winter Newsletter.
As shifting privacy lines allow employers to reach further and further into employee conduct, it’s increasingly important that you know the legal limits. Many employees will question the legality of increased employer monitoring of offsite conduct, especially when employees are off-duty. Such monitoring may include the use of Global Positioning System (GPS) tracking and video surveillance. It could include reprimanding employees for things like speeding tickets. These practices are usually within an employers’ legal rights, but managers need to be aware of what is and is not permissible from a legal perspective.
In the article, Mike and Kevin provide some helpful guidelines regarding employee monitoring. They explore the following topics:
- Monitoring On the Clock
- Monitoring Off the Clock
- Lawful Off-Duty Conduct Laws