Business Assignment 1 Essay

2059 Words Feb 3rd, 2012 9 Pages
Electronic Surveillance of Employees
Angela Hockaday
Strayer University
Law, Ethics, and Corporate Governance
LEG 500
Professor Anne Dewey-Balzhiser
October 23, 2011
Abstract
This paper will explore Electronic Surveillance of Employees. First, we will discuss and explain where an employee can reasonably expect to have privacy in the workplace. Secondly, we will review information regarding in the office workplace there are typically two types of workspaces, an open area, in which there are several desks and where conversations can be overheard, or an enclosed office, in which-when the door is closed-conversations cannot be heard and where one would expect virtually total privacy. Explain whether it makes a difference if an
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As we advanced with time, by 2003, more than 92 percent of employers had conducted some form of electronic monitoring of their employees (Halbert/Ingulli, 2010). Since 2001, electronic surveillance of employees have increased every year, according to an annual Electronic Monitoring and Surveillance Survey, done by the American Management Association, (AMA) and The ePolicy Institute (About.com). Overall, employers feel that by monitoring their employees that the company’s work is being done, while the employees feel that their every step should not be monitored.
Today, many businesses are taking advantage of controlling the performance of the company through electronic employee monitoring. Electronic monitoring is defined as the "computerized collection, storage, analysis, and reporting of information about employees' productive activities.” (Mishra and Crampton, 1998). HRhero.com states that “Federal, state, and local legislation provide a basic source of protection against invasion of privacy by private parties, including employers. Legislation also limits privacy rights, however, that may otherwise exist under common law or other statutes.”
Explain where an employee can reasonably expect to have privacy in the workplace.
According to Law.com “workers have legitimate concerns that their privacy rights might be invaded. The primary federal statue in this area is the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986 (ECPA). The ECPA, codified at 18 U.S.C.

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