Electronic Surveillance

Employers should proceed with caution when implementing cameras to electronically monitor employee activities. All employers must notify employees that cameras have been installed and receive written consent to be monitored. These cameras should also never be placed in areas where employees legitimately expect privacy, such as restrooms or changing rooms.

Unnecessary or misunderstood surveillance could negatively affect company morale. Therefore, employers should be able to explain their legitimate reason for using surveillance in order to protect business interests. For instance, a retail store may have surveillance in order to protect from theft.

It is a good idea to also communicate the use of surveillance and the purpose to employees in a handbook and or a separate written policy.