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Office ‘desk sensors:’ Legal, but an employee turnoff

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An increasing number of employers are using small electronic sensors placed under desks that tell when employees are present, such as the OccupEye device. While most employers use the sensors for energy efficiency reasons and to make real estate decisions, some employees have balked at the potential privacy issues. Advice: While the devices—which only track movement, not sound or any other data—are legal to use, it’s best to explain to employees exactly what the devices will monitor before you implement them.

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