Unformatted text preview: Taking Responsibility for Protecting Employees Privacy 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. What does a company have a "right" to know? What do you think about polygraph exams? How about personality tests? Intelligence tests? Medical exams? Records and data banks? Surveillance Devices? Drug and/or alcohol interventions? What does the law say? 10. What federal law protects the privacy of workers in a privately owned corporation? (answer next slide) N ON E!
ALMOST THE PRIVACY ACT OF 1974 Employees have the right to know of the existence of files and to inspect them. There is a "due process" for challenging data. It prevents unspecified use and requires employees be told where any information is sent. Employees have the right to file civil suit for violations of these rights. CAVAET: This act only applies to federal government employees. Employee Exposure and Medical Records Regulation Act of 1980 The Silkwood Act. Guarantees access to medical records and records of exposure to toxic agents. Polygraph Protection Act of 1988 Virtually ended the use of the polygraph on business employees. There are exceptions... The Federal Government in its infinite wisdom exempted itself. Also exempted are state and local governments, national defense organizations, security guards, those with access to controlled substances, and organizations doing 50% or more of their business with the federal government. In certain theft situations they may be used with full disclosure to the employees to be tested as to why the test is necessary and why they might be suspected. Guidelines for Protecting Employee Privacy Make sure the Information is Relevant
Check and purge employee information regularly. Give Notice of the Existence of this Material
Do the employees know of the existence of info kept on them? Use Fiduciary Duty
Make the custodian of this info responsible for its security. Respect Confidentiality
Internally, only persons with a need to know and, externally, never, ever without permission. Guidelines for Protecting Employee Privacy-cont. Enact a Due Process Procedure
The employee should be able to access the information to check for accuracy and there should be a process for challenging erroneous information. Protect the Employee's Psyche
Never cause the employee to expose inner self without permission and only for good reason. ...
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- Spring '08
- Management, Federal government of the United States, Law of the United States, Security guard