The development and use of wearable technology has surged in recent years. Employers have embraced the technology for employee wellness programs, to monitor safe behavior (such as lifting techniques), and track employees in potentially dangerous locations (such as construction sites).
However, the use of wearables can leave employers liable to breach of privacy allegations if the data is misused or accessed by criminals.
Additional liabilities could be levied if, for instance, the collected data shows that the employee’s workplace is not safe, and the employer does nothing to correct it.
Author Rob Lenihan interviews experts, including JLT’s Doug Turk, about how companies can safely approach the use of wearables while managing the evolving landscape of privacy concerns.
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