The Impact Of Emerging Technologies In The Workplace: Who’s Watching The Man (Who’s Watching Me)?

Source: William A. Herbert & Amelia K. Tuminaro, Hofstra Labor & Employment Law Journal, Vol. 25 no. 2, February 4, 2009

Throughout the United States and most industrialized countries, private and public sector employers are purchasing and implementing new advanced technologies that enhance the monitoring of security and productivity while substantially increasing the level of intrusion into employee privacy. Like most new products, emerging technologies are marketed with an emphasis on the potential benefits but notably without regard to possible negative consequences for the workforce. As noted in a report prepared by the Union Network International (“UNI”) on contemporary workplace surveillance, employers often blindly adopt technological software capabilities without considering their adverse impacts.

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