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  • Employee privacy: What are your rights as the employer?
  • Where do your employees' rights to privacy end and your right to protect your business begin? What if you need to protect your company from employee theft? Or have to protect it from slander through employee emails? These are just two of the circumstances that could force you to invade your employees' privacy. But before you do, make sure you know what your company's obligations are when it comes ... ››› more
  • [10 February 2017]
  • Follow these 4 tips BEFORE searching employees to avoid infringing on their rights
  • Employee privacy can be a very tricky area to work around when it comes to maintaining order and stability within your company. This is because you might need to invade an individual's privacy, to an extent, in the course of doing so. Now while we all have a constitutional right to privacy, it's LIMITED, and being able to search your employees is a classic example of this limitation. But ... ››› more
  • [02 March 2016]
  • Avoid breaching your employee's right to communications privacy with this one tip
  • Technology plays an important part in your business as it helps it to run effectively and efficiently. But what about employees who misuse your company's systems? What can you do when your employees' right to privacy is safely guarded? The Interception Act allows you to intercept an employee's emails or phone, but only in certain conditions. One of them requires the employee's consent. Bu... ››› more
  • [20 October 2015]
  • Car tracking devices: - Are these allowed or are you breaching your employee's privacy?
  • You must respect your employees' right to privacy at the workplace. But what happens in an event where you want to install tracking devices to company cars and your employee accuses you of infringing his right to privacy? Read on to find out what the law says about tracking devices in company cars and your employee's privacy. According to the Labour Law for Managers Loose Leaf Service, you can'... ››› more
  • [26 July 2013]
  • Are you allowed to intervene in intimate relationships between employees?
  • Your employees have a constitutional right to privacy. You can't expect them to 'check their privacy at the door' when they enter your workplace. But what about intimate relationships between your employees? Do they still fall within the private realm? Read on to find out whether or not you should intervene. Imagine the following scenario: Two employees in a superior/subordinate position in... ››› more
  • [23 July 2013]
  • Four instances where you're allowed to read your employee's emails
  • While the law prohibits your uncontrolled access to your employee's private communications, it does provide you with some rights of access under certain conditions. Read to discover the four instances where you're allowed to read your employee's emails. Although your employee's privacy is important, the Interception Act does allow you to intercept your employee's communications. BUT only un... ››› more
  • [22 July 2013]
  • Reference checks: What you can and can't do
  • 'Your employees have a constitutional right to privacy. You can't expect them to 'check their privacy at the door' when they enter the workplace,' says The Labour Law for Managers Loose Leaf Service. This also includes your job applicants. Here are five rules you can use to ensure you don't invade employee privacy when conducting reference checks. Employee privacy doesn't only apply to employee... ››› more
  • [28 May 2013]



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