05 Dic GPS and investigator tailing to support dismissal receives approval in italy
GPS tailing: has been allowed. Employers may now keep track of their staff’s whereabouts when they leave the office during business hours and gather proof to support dismissal with the aid of a GPS tracking fitted in company cars along with a private investigator.
More and more companies are hiring private investigators and fitting GPS systems to keep track of their employees’ whereabouts during business hours. Some may routinely indulge in extended café breaks, others may be found jogging during sick leave. Still others may be found busying themselves with personal errands or even caught clubbing while benefiting from law 104/92 regulating absence from work.
GPS tracking systems fitted in company cars considered lawful
Italian lawmakers and the High Court itself have confirmed the use of GPS tracking as lawful and legitimate. It does not impinge on employees’ privacy, nor does it violate the code of remote control of workers’ activities under the Italian Jobs Act when used to stop unlawful acts against the company.
In its ruling nr. 20440 of 12th October 2015, the Italian High Court has decided yet again that the use of GPS attached to company cars is fully in line with law, and that its findings may be used in court as proof to support an employee’s dismissal.
Hiring a private investigator to monitor workers’ whereabouts has also been found legitimate. Judges have ruled that this practice is appropriate when it is aimed at verifying potential damage to the company’s image and assets.
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