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Employee Privacy in the Digital Age II. Privacy in the Age of Technology

A panel discussion of employer monitoring of employee computer use, including Internet access. Six scenarios deal with Facebook postings, blogging about workplace conditions, confidential patient identities, unauthorized viewing of another’s smartphone photos, the effect of online postings on promotion, monitoring keystrokes, and accessing computer and cell phone records to discover employee activities unrelated to employment.

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Arbitrator Allen Ponak talks about his recent Canadian cases dealing with employee use andabuse of the Internet and other new technologies and the balance between the employer’s having efficient operations and an employee’s right to privacy. Subjects include non-business online surfing, inappropriate websites, email privacy, the right to blog, the use of biometric identification data …

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Public Employee Speech, Protected?

Public employee speech that relates to his/her official duties is not protected. Speech as a private citizen is. Arbitrator Malamud examines the U.S. Supreme Court decisions that have defined the distinction.

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What price employment? Arbitration, the Constitution, and personal freedom.

An examination of the role of the Supreme Court in criminal cases and cases involved in the disciplining or discharge of government employees. The author recommends that arbitrators work toward incorporating the mandates of the Bill of Rights into collective bargaining relationships. The proceedings conclude with rebuttals by the commentators and a general discussion by …

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