Workplace Surveillance Downunder

Take a look at this article on workplace surveillance in Australia’s Lawyers Weekly. The article gives a brief outline of the recently implemented New South Wales WORKPLACE SURVEILLANCE ACT 2005.

The Act lays down strict guidelines regarding surveillance of employee activity in the workplace. No cameras in washrooms, notice requirements for surveillance implementation, rules regarding intercepting and monitoring e-mail and computer use, secret video rules and a form of warrant requirement for conducting surveillance are just a few of the matters dealt with.

This piece of legislation covers off many hotbutton issues that we see in Canadian workplaces and is worth a quick read just to see what another common law jurisdiction is doing in this contentious area of law.

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