Can an employer read employee email? Search an employee's workspace or bag? Monitor what employees say on the phone -- or what they post on Facebook or Twitter? Learn what you can and can't do -- and commonsense tips for avoiding problems.
Privacy in the Workplace FAQ
Can you run a background check, use an employment test, or check up on employees' activities on or off the job?
Workplace Searches: Dos and Don'ts
Here are some tips on how to conduct a search without violating your workers' privacy rights.
Keeping Personnel Files and Medical Records Confidential
Take steps to protect the confidentiality of employee files and medical records.
Monitoring Employees' Off-Duty Conduct
Should you keep track of what employees do when they're not on the job?
Workplace Cameras and Surveillance: Rules for Employers
Filming employees at work may violate their right to privacy.
Can I be fired for refusing to take a drug test?
Can they require me to take a drug test? What happens if I say no?
Can my employer threaten to fire us if we do not quit smoking?
As long as I don't smoke in no-smoking areas at work, what business is it of my employer whether I choose to smoke?
Is there a maximum amount that can be garnished from my wages for child support?
Isn't there a limit on how much of my wages can be garnished?