California Closer To Making Employers Tell Employees They're Spying On Them
from the building-trust-in-the-workplace dept
The California Senate has now approved legislation that would require companies to tell their employees if they're monitoring their emails, web usage or location. It's a bit sad that we actually need a law to say this, as any employer that's worth working for should at least let their employees know if they intend to monitor their emails. At first I was wondering who would be against such a bill, but the article lists out a bunch of organizations: the California Chamber of Commerce, California Manufacturers & Technology Association, American Staffing Association, California Manufacturers & Technology Association and the Motion Picture Association of America. Basically, a bunch of business organizations that apparently want to reserve the right to spy on their employees without telling them that they may do it. Note that this law doesn't even require the employer to tell the employee when it's happening - just to give them a one time note when they start employment saying that they might, one day, monitor communications. This isn't a particularly high bar. Also, what does the MPAA have to do with this? I can (sort of) understand all the business associations in their own shortsighted way worried about adding burdens to employers, but the MPAA?