GPS tracking of employees while on the clock

Discussion in 'Off-topic' started by rankhornjp, Oct 16, 2016.

  1. rankhornjp

    rankhornjp Active Member

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    I'm thinking about using an APP for clock-in/clock-out purposes. The app has the ability to track GPS location of the phone. If the app is on an employee's personal phone, is it legal to turn on the GPS function?

    Code section?
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  2. EJR914

    EJR914 Cheezburger Operator

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    Yikes, you mean the employer having the power to turn on an employee's private phone GPS, and know their location?

    That would kind of stink.

    I mean, you better trust your boss, and trust him not to be a creepster.
     

  3. JiG

    JiG Awaiting censure

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    As en employee, I refuse to install apps on my personal phone for my employer. I have refused the ADP app already.

    However; company phone and vehicle... they can gps all they want... and they do.
     
  4. rankhornjp

    rankhornjp Active Member

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    No, the app can't turn on the GPS, it just has the option of seeing the location if they are clocked in and location services is on. It also has the option of making location services a requirement to clock-in. So, the employee would know they were being monitored and it only works while they are clocked-in so it wouldn't track them while off duty.
     
  5. rmodel65

    rmodel65 Yukon Cornelius

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    The paint rep locally a few years ago was out fishing they caught him because his truck has a location device would be sitting for hours on end. He was out fishing and also getting checks made out to him giving the body shots materials and not turning in the money. ..
     
  6. a_springfield

    a_springfield Well-Known Member

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    My phone no way I would allow. Companies phone would stay in the truck when off. We have iPhones at work to do time, we leave it In the gang box.
     
  7. EJR914

    EJR914 Cheezburger Operator

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    That sounds good, sure there can be abuse, but without you physically being there 24/7 when open, its hard for anything to be fool-proof. Gotta trust those employees.
     
  8. Scout706

    Scout706 Well-Known Member

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    My phone my rules
     
  9. Wheedle

    Wheedle Active Member

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    This...
    I would also refuse to carry the company phone when not on the clock. Most likely it would stay in my locker or toolbox at work when I go home.

    There have been rumors around my company for years that the rfid chips in our badges were, or were going to be, used to monitor our movements on the premises. I'm not going to weigh in on the possibility of it happening in the future... but they aren't doing it now. Our shop's responsibilities take us everywhere... really, everywhere... and people are constantly places there is no good business purpose for them to be.
     
  10. Jmark

    Jmark Active Member

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    I know the state does this with employees phones and they actively monitor them. In my fiance's case they can also turn on the mic.
     
  11. awanatech

    awanatech Well-Known Member

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    Is this her personal phone? Or her state issued phone?
     
  12. Jmark

    Jmark Active Member

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    State
     
  13. jmorriss

    jmorriss Active Member

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    So no parties present at the conversation would be consenting to it's recording?
     
  14. Jmark

    Jmark Active Member

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    I've not read the employment agreement but I'm sure that would be covered there or lawsuits would have happened years ago.

    ETA: Also I'm not sure "recording" was actually mentioned only "monitoring" which may make a difference. Either way they're notified of this when getting the phones.
     
    Last edited: Oct 19, 2016