In the modern workplace, computer systems are used every single day. Many employers rely on the fact that the usage of such computer systems can be monitored. However, considering the fact that these IT systems may easily be used for personal communication, what happens when an employee isn’t aware that their use of these systems is monitored?
In the latest blog post by Broadbents Solicitors, we take a look at privacy in the workplace and how such concerns can be handled.
It goes without saying that we all know that we shouldn’t be using IT systems in the workplace for personal use, especially during working hours. However, the line becomes a little more blurry when these systems are used within a lunch hour or outside of typical office hours.
If you plan to monitor the use of your internal computer systems, at any time of the day, you must inform your employees. Having a written document that states how you plan to monitor these systems will ensure that you have something tangible to turn to if privacy in the workplace concerns should arise.
When drawing up a workplace contract, you need to ensure the wording is clear and concise, reducing the likelihood of disputes arising.
An employment contract should include information such as the conditions that an employee will work in, rights, responsibilities and duties. As an employer, you will need to ensure that you make clear which parts of the contract are legally binding.
The specialist team at Broadbents Solicitors are experts in employment law and can help you ensure that all documents, including your employee handbook, are up to date and clear on matters such as privacy in the workplace. If you would like more information on the wide range of services we can offer, we welcome you to contact a member of our knowledgeable team. Please call, or use our online contact form today and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.