Are there any risks in allowing employees to use wearable technology in the workplace?

Author: Beth P. Zoller, XpertHR Legal Editor

Yes. There are a number of risks in allowing employees to use wearable technology in the workplace including:

  • Employee access of inappropriate information and pornographic and obscene content while at work.
  • Loss of employee productivity as employees are not focused on their job duties and responsibilities.
  • Harassment and privacy issues because use of technology may allow supervisors and employees to record private actions of others.
  • Increased employer liability and potential for lawsuits based on discrimination and harassment, invasion of privacy, wage and hour claims and claims brought under the National Labor Relations Act.
  • Creation of discoverable information that will reveal employer or employee actions.
  • Safety issues because wearable technology creates safety hazards and decreases employee concentration.
  • Monitoring of employee health and wellness may violate laws against disability and genetic information discrimination.
  • Cybersecurity risks.
  • Potential disclosure and loss of the employer's trade secrets and confidential and proprietary information.