ERIC Number: ED275272
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Reference Count: 0
Employee Privacy Rights: A Management Guide.
Shepard, Ira Michael; Olsen, Harry
Employee privacy rights are considered, along with practical problems and permissible parameters of employer activity. Included is a state-by-state analysis of the status of workplace privacy. Definitions are offered of "invasion of privacy," with attention to four types of privacy invasions: (1) placing someone in a "false light," (2) the public disclosure of embarrassing private facts, (3) intrusion into someone's solitude, and (4) misappropriation of someone's right to publicity, to the pecuniary advantage of the defendant. Avoiding invasion-of-privacy and defamation claims requires a coordinated program of information management covering all phases of the employment relationship. For the following employment issues, legal protections are examined, along with actions that can be taken to implement and maintain a management information policy: preemployment screening procedures, employee records, use of polygraphs, drug testing, employee searches and surveillance, regulation of nonworking time, and employment references. The state guide to right-to-privacy includes citations of relevant statutes and case law, along with narrative explanation. (SW)
Descriptors: Administrator Guides, Civil Liberties, Confidential Records, Court Litigation, Disclosure, Employer Employee Relationship, Employment Practices, Higher Education, Information Needs, Job Applicants, Legal Problems, Personnel Policy, Polygraphs, Privacy, Program Administration, State Surveys
College and University Personnel Association, 11 Dupont Circle, Suite 120, Washington, DC 20036-1250 ($27.00, nonmembers, $16.00, members; $1.25 handling charge).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reference Materials - Directories/Catalogs
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: College and Univ. Personnel Association, Washington, DC.