Publisher: Amacom, 1998, 270 pages
Drug testing…background checks…E-mail intercept…workplace searches…employee surveillance…polygraph tests…even monitoring or regulating off-the-job conduct. Are these unscrupulous, big-brotheresque invasions of privacy? Or are they necessary counteroffensives in the war against such troubling workplace occurrences as violence, theft, drug abuse, poor performance, and other damaging behaviors? This complex question is of immense importance to employers — especially in a country and an age where the rights of the individual are held sacred, many believe in a constitutional "right to privacy," and an epidemic of lawsuits rages with no end in sight
The New Battle Over Workplace Privacy takes an in-depth look at this highly controversial (and emotionally charged) issue. It considers the basic conflict between an employer's right to manage and an employee's right to privacy, discussing such subjects as: random drug testing, searches and surveillance, the release of workplace information to creditors and future employers, monitoring employee use of E-mail and the Internet, using medical records in making employment-related decisions, checking criminal or driving records, and much more.
Filled with anecdotal news stories, case examples, interpretations of import court decisions, highlights of applicable laws, policy guidelines, checklists, and sample policies, The New Battle Over Workplace Privacy will help you and your company:
Employers walk a fine line when it comes to trying to protect their business concerns and not violate their employees' right to privacy. The New Battle Over Workplace Privacy arms them with the ammunition they need to protect themselves and walk that line — without stumbling into a potential minefield of lawsuits.
Totally geared to Americans. Avoid at all costs.