According to the Labour Law for Managers Loose Leaf Service, you can't expect your employees to 'check their privacy at the door' when they enter the workplace. But you're entitled to expect integrity, honesty and loyalty from your employees.
But what happens when you want to protect your businesses' interests and your employees argues it's an invasion of his privacy?
For instance, let's say you give Joe (your employee) a company car to use for company purposes.
He's allowed reasonable private use of the car. The car is fitted with a tracking device to:
Joe refuses to sign your company car policy because the vehicle will also track his movements when he's off duty. Joe argues that the policy is an invasion of his privacy.
So how do you balance your employee's right and the need to protect your business?
Here's what the law says about installing vehicle tracking devices and your employee's privacy
What about your rights to safeguard your property?
Whilst Joe may have a reasonable expectation of privacy when he's using the car privately, you're the owner of the car and have a financial interest in it.
During periods of private use the car is at risk of being stolen or damaged. Your proprietary (ownership) interest in the car could outweigh his right to privacy.
This means, tracking the vehicle during periods of private use would then be justified.
But what about your employee's right to privacy?
If Joe fears that the tracking device will elicit information about his personal conduct he should simply use an alternative means of transportation.