Boss can secretly scan staff's internet use

9th November 2005, Comments 0 comments

9 November 2005, BRUSSELS — A Ghent industrial law judge recently ruled that an employer may secretly supervise the internet use of staff under certain conditions.

9 November 2005

BRUSSELS — A Ghent industrial law judge recently ruled that an employer may secretly supervise the internet use of staff under certain conditions.

Normally, employers must pre-warn workers that it will supervise internet use, newspaper 'De Standaard' reported on Wednesday.

The ruling relates to an information help desk worker of a company who used time on the job to promote his own affairs in emails to clients of his employer.

The actions of the man were accidentally discovered when a network administrator at the company saw that several emails had not been sent.
 
The employer then secretly decided to supervise the emails of the employee, which essentially breached a collective labour agreement signed on 26 April 2002.

The sacked worker then appealed to the Ghent industrial relations court using the workplace accord as his defence.
 
He said the supervision of internet traffic had not been pre-announced by his employer.

The man subsequently claimed he was unfairly dismissed.
 
However, the Ghent industrial relations court rejected the man's argument.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

Subject: Belgian news

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