Employer's Guide Workplace Privacy Employer's Guide Workplace Privacy
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The Employer's Guide to Workplace Privacy helps employers manage confidential information about their business and their employees. It is a must-read for business owners, managers, and human resource professionals who need to know how privacy laws apply within the context of the employer/employee relationship.

The Guide examines workplace issues that are most likely to raise privacy concerns, including:

  • Employee and applicant tests
  • Confidentiality and access issues involving employee records
  • Employee and applicant investigations
  • Employees' off-duty activities
  • Employee monitoring and surveillance
  • Employer's confidential and proprietary information

The Guide discusses privacy law throughout the United States and offers strategies for managing privacy issues. There are numerous updated state law summaries, including gun laws, drug and alcohol testing, breastfeeding at work, cell phone usage, same-sex marriage, and other topics. The Guide includes easily reproducible employer checklists for medical and psychological testing, skills testing, criminal history checks, credit investigations, medical records privacy, and many other topics. There are more than a dozen sample policies, including smoking, personal appearance, interpersonal relationships, workplace searches, and more.

The Employer's Guide to Workplace Privacy includes information on current, topical issues, including these and more:

  • A new section on background information from government records
  • The HITECH Act, a new federal law amending the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) to require health information security breach notification
  • Expanded discussion of identity theft, including new FTC red flag requirements
  • Updated state law charts on Social Security number protection and security breach notification requirements
  • Recent case law, including cases involving intrusion into seclusion, the Employee Polygraph Protection Act, Internet harassment, Stored Communications Act violations, monitoring employee computer usage, and more
  • Updated discussion on testing for carpal tunnel syndrome to reflect amendments to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) that broaden the definition of a “disability” covered by the ADA
  • Discussion of new DOT drug testing regulations, including direct observation requirements
  • Expanded discussion of obtaining bankruptcy information on applicants and employees

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