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Safety vs. Privacy Quiz

SITUATION

WeeCU, a BC gas company, wants employees who drive company vehicles to provide the company access to their personal driving records so it can assign each employee a risk rating and identify who needs more safe driver training. The records contain personal information protected by privacy law, the company acknowledges; but it claims the policy is necessary for safety reasons even though there’s no history of employees getting into traffic accidents while driving company vehicles. The union claims the policy is an invasion of employees’ privacy.

QUESTION

What do you think the arbitrator did?

Struck down the policy because it unreasonably invades employee privacy.
Struck down the policy because the company doesn’t have a vehicle accident problem.
Upheld the policy because safety concerns automatically outweigh employee privacy.
Upheld the policy because there’s no less intrusive way to improve driver safety.

ANSWER

A. The arbitrator ruled that the policy was invali...

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