Employers cautioned over covertly monitoring staff

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The monitoring of staff in the workplace is a contentious issue, and the recently introduced General Data Protection Regulation has pushed the subject higher up the agenda. Mark Stevens, a solicitor in VWV’s employment law team, reports

CCTV in the workplace is nothing new. Similarly, CCTV monitoring public spaces is well known. But what happens when the technology is used covertly, possibly to watch for criminality whether in the cash office, in the workshop or even on a coach – when those being watched aren’t told of the fact? And what happens if a manager decides to covertly monitor staff without higher authority?

Over the years there have been a number of cases in the press involving monitoring of staff. But now there’s been a case from Europe involving this.

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