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Attendance, biometric scanning and employee privacy

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by Hilary L. Moreira, Esq., Bond, Schoeneck & King, Garden City

Many employers now track attendance using biometric scanners that require an employee to clock in and out by scanning a fingerprint or a palmprint.

Such scanners have largely replaced paper timesheets and traditional timeclocks in many workplaces, and have made managing employee attendance more accurate and efficient.

Employees, however, sometimes express privacy concerns when asked to provide such data. Many employees are concerned about what an employer may do with the gathered information or whether the information could be hacked by an outside individual.

Rare but expensive litigation

Recently, an employee in Pennsylvania was awarded a judgment of $586,860 after his employer forced him to retire due to his refusal to use the biometric hand scanner that the company installed to track attendance.

The employee, who is an evangelical Christian, had informed his ...(register to read more)

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