KVann_ProjectPart05_03132011

KVann_ProjectPart05_03132011 - 1 Project Part V In all...

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1 Project Part V In all instances concerning privacy, more than just one party is usually involved. There is the initiator of invading privacy and then there is the reciprocator who is trying to prevent their privacy from being invaded. Specific examples of potential privacy issues include but are not limited to drug testing, searches, genetic testing, and internet usage. A drug test or drug screen is an examination of biologic material (such as urine , hair, saliva, or sweat ) to detect the presence of specific drugs and determine prior or current drug use. Drug tests may be performed to detect illegal drug use as well as the use of drugs and substances not permitted in specific occupations or athletic competitions. Most employers now issue drug screens before initiating employment. Drugs are a hazardous (in most cases) problem for most employers due to OSHA safety regulations. When an employee is intoxicated either by drugs or alcohol they make the workplace unsafe due to the fact that substances impair judgment, reaction times, etc. However, the privacy of an employee is also important. We live in a free nation where people carry the right to drink alcohol or take pain medication after surgery (for example). Employers need to know what is going on with their workforce but employees also have the right to keep certain aspects of their personal lives private. Searches and monitoring of employees doesn’t nearly breech the privacy factor as much as drug screens, however, some issues can arise. Employers have the right to know what is being brought in and out of their store, office, etc. It is important for an employer to know if an employee has stolen merchandise in their locker, or if they have illegal drugs, or if they have weapons. On the other hand, you must look back to the privacy of the employee. If an employee keeps money, or personal hygiene products, or certain pictures in their locker, office, or desk that is their own personal property and nothing about holding onto such objects is illegal or unethical. Some employees feel that if their employer knew about specific things they keep on them biases or prejudices may come as a result. Therefore, it may become a privacy issue.
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2 Project Part V Genetic testing is a type of medical test that identifies changes in chromosomes, genes, or proteins. Most of the time, testing is used to find changes that are associated with inherited disorders. The
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This note was uploaded on 08/21/2011 for the course ACCT 1221 taught by Professor Adgams during the Spring '11 term at Stetson.

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