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Employee Privacy and Remote Work Checklist

Author: XpertHR Editorial Team

When to Use

Although the benefits of remote work for employees and employers are many and varied, allowing remote work as a flexible work arrangement may give rise to a number of management and security concerns. These issues include:

  • Ensuring the safety of the remote work environment;
  • Protecting confidentiality;
  • Ensuring proper record storage/management;
  • Protecting against data security breaches and related risks (e.g., phishing attacks);
  • Minimizing liability risks if an employee moves work locations, to include employment and labor law compliance as well as tax liability; and
  • Monitoring compliance with internal policies, including wellness and harassment and bullying prevention.

Addressing these challenges requires the balancing of a remote worker's privacy interests with an organization's business goals.

This checklist guides employers through the points to be considered and the actions to be completed to address remote and hybrid worker privacy issues. Employers do not have to complete the following steps in sequential order to properly complete the checklist. This checklist is designed to be customized to fit a particular organization's needs.

Customizable Checklist