March 3, 2004

Administrative use of information

Question: How does the federal privacy legislation affect the employer-employee relationship? I am specifically interested in how this legislation may affect an employer’s handling of employee personal information, disclosed to third-party administrators for the purposes of such things as benefits, payroll and pensions? Jan. 1, 2004, marked the final phase in the implementation of the…

September 3, 2003


PIPEDA will rule the land come January Background The Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) was passed in 2001 by the federal government and initially applied only to federal undertakings. It includes a provision which states that as of Jan. 1, 2004, the act will apply to all provinces and territories unless there…

May 19, 2003

Protecting Employee Data

If you’re not protecting employee data, it’s time to get started What are an employer’s obligations under PIPEDA? Thanks to advances in technology, information can now be transmitted around the world easily and almost instantaneously. While we all benefit from the convenience of modern modes of communication, people are increasingly concerned about privacy and the…

April 21, 2003

Spying on Employees

Spying on employees… and it’s perfectly legal Employers have good reason to take advantage of new technology, but must balance it with the employee’s right to privacy New technologies enable employers to monitor staff more closely than ever before. Employers have good reasons to take advantage of such technologies. Concerns range from keeping tabs on…

December 11, 2002

Surveillance Cameras

Question: I would like to know if surveillance cameras are allowed in the workplace. My employer recently installed cameras in areas where people are working and overseeing the yard. Is he required to post a sign saying the area is being monitored? Answer: If your workplace is unionized then video surveillance may be restricted under…

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