Crane, Poole & Schmidt is a bustling law firm located in Massachusetts. Concerned with the amount of time employees were “social not-working” during firm hours, Shirley Schmidt, the managing partner, is considering utilizing all available surveillance methods from CCTV cameras to employee monitoring software.
Ms. Schmidt has asked you, the Chief Human Resource Officer, to:
- Draft a brief memorandum explaining why and how to best monitor employees without violating the law. A copy of the memorandum template is attached.
- Draft a concise workplace monitoring policy. The policy should notify employees what, if any, work-related devices may be monitored and the type of conduct that may violate company policy. The policy should contain a written consent form to be signed by employees in acknowledgment that they have read and understand the terms.