Regulations

Scenario 1: Beta Technology has a system of monitoring employees’
computers using software that captures a screen image every 60 seconds.
reviewing the results, you notice that an employee checked Facebook
after work today. While you are not concerned that the employee called
in sick to work on Friday and subsequently posted pictures of himself
drinking excessively on the same day.

You notice that the
employee’s Facebook profile set to private which means you only have
access to this information because of the company’s software. On further
examination, you notice that this employee has a pattern of calling in
sick on Fridays, and in reviewing past monitoring reports you see a
pattern of similar behavior. Sick time is supposed to be used only in
the event of an illness or injury. 

Scenario 2: To help keep
employees safe from potential violence, Beta Technology has a written
“no weapons” policy. Employees are prohibited from bringing weapons onto
any company property, including parking lots. Signs are posted warning
employees that their cars and personal belongings are subject to random
searches.

One morning, Jeff was stopped when entering the
parking lot. The company decided to conduct random searches of all blue
vehicles that day and Jeff was driving a blue Dodge Ram truck. The
security guards found Jeff’s shotgun and an automatic pistol. When
removing the pistol from the vehicle, the guards also found a bag of
marijuana and some drug paraphernalia.

  • Scenario
    1: Can you use information from monitoring reports to discipline or
    terminate the employees? Why or why not?
  • Scenario
    2: Should employees have an expectation of privacy in their vehicles on
    company property?  What can you do, based on the items found during
    the search?
  • On
    which laws or regulations did
    you base your answer?

Write
a 3-page paper in MSWord format applying laws, regulations or case support to
the scenarios and make a determination for resolving each one