June 15, 2023

What is the proper balance between safeguarding privacy and providing access to relevant information? In this Western-Canada- focused webinar, experts will examine employer access to personal information, discuss legislation and proposed amendments, and review recent caselaw. Specifically, panelists will address:

  • What laws govern employee privacy and employer access to information? What legislative amendments have been proposed? Do these amendments adequately address protection of privacy while ensuring relevant parties can access essential information?
  • How does distinguishing “employee personal information” in Alberta and British Columbia privacy statutes from “personal information” in other types of statutes affect workplace privacy rights?
  • In the case of employee illness, what specific personal information can be requested by an employer, and how frequently?
  • Are there any restrictions on an employer’s right to access, analyze, or use information that is not shared with employees, such as information obtained through surveillance measures (e.g., keystroke monitoring, time tracking software, and GPS tracking)?
  • Can employers access, retain, or use employee information for purposes other than the limited purpose (e.g., ensuring workplace safety) for which that information was obtained?
  • Are there restrictions on employees’’ right to access information about themselves in the employer’’s possession?
  • In what circumstances have adjudicators held that employee information was accessed, used, or disclosed improperly?
  • What key issues should employers and unions address in policies or collective agreements governing privacy and access to information?

CPD

CPD Alberta
This program has been approved by CPHR Alberta for 1.5 Continuing Professional Development hours.
CPD Alberta
This program has been approved by CPHR BC & Yukon for 1.5 Continuing Professional Development hours.
CPD Alberta
This program has been approved for Continuing Professional Development 1.5 hours under Category A of the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Log of the Human Resource Professionals Association (HRPA).

CPD

  • This program has been approved by the Law Society of British Columbia for 1.5 Continuing Professional Development hours.
  • This program has been approved by the Law Society of Saskatchewan for 1.5 Continuing Professional Development hours.
  • Members of the Law Society of Ontario may consider counting this program for 1.5 Substantive hours; 0 Professionalism hours.
  • Members of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society may consider counting this program for 1.5 Continuing Professional Development hours.
  • Members of the Law Society of New Brunswick may consider this program for 1.5 Continuing Professional Development hours.