Employer Uses GPS Tracking to Investigate Woman on Sick Leave

Automobile GPS tracking offers a wide range of uses to make your life better. By installing a small device in your vehicle, you can protect your car from theft, make sure loved ones are safe while they travel, and keep an eye on teen drivers, all from the comfort of your home. Unfortunately, GPS tracking devices also have the potential to invade privacy when used inappropriately or without the knowledge or consent of the car owner. Anthea Orchard, a British woman who worked for an emergency call center, recently experienced one of these unethical uses of GPS tracking when herRead More

Jersey City Mayor Announced GPS Tracking For City Vehicles

We’ve reported a number of different ways GPS tracking is used to save employers money. Well, it shouldn’t be a surprise that government agencies would want the same benefits. The mayor of Jersey City recently announced that city vehicles will soon be tracked with GPS technology in order to reduce fuel costs and eliminate personal use of vehicles by employees.   “With this program we are creating mechanisms for accountability,” said Mayor Steve Fulop in a statement. “Any employee who takes a city vehicle outside of city bounds or uses it for a purpose other than city business, we willRead More

Court Rules Employers May Not Use GPS to Track Employees Outside Work Hours

In a unanimous decision in late June, the New York State Court of Appeals ruled against the New York State Department of Labor (NYDOL) for planting a GPS tracking device on an employee’s car without his knowledge. In 2008, NYSDOL suspected that one of their employees, Michael Cunningham, was being dishonest when filling out his time sheets—claiming to be working when he was actually elsewhere. At the request of NYSDOL, the State Investigator General’s Office planted a GPS tracking device on Cunningham’s personal vehicle for the purpose of obtaining information on his movements. The device tracked everywhere the vehicle wentRead More

City Must Get Unions On Board for GPS Policy

GPS tracking has been an economic boon to many cities as they’ve implemented the devices to help save fuel, reduce waste, and recover stolen vehicles. But implementing the new technology isn’t always easy. City officials in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan have run into some snags during the process of discussing the proposed implementation with city council. The new policy would have enabled city officials to secretly monitor city employees in the event of serious misconduct. It also would have informed workers that they might be monitored and that the information gathered could lead to operational changes. But city council members wantRead More

GPS Tracking of Employees Still a Touchy Subject

Plenty of government agencies use GPS tracking devices to help employees perform their jobs more efficiently and to save money by reducing fuel usage. But when a New York department used the technology to track a state worker suspected of falsifying his time, the NYCLU said they went too far. The investigators placed a GPS tracking unit on the personal car of employee Michael Cunningham and left it in place for 30 days. The device recorded Cunningham’s movements both on and off the clock and even tracked him while he was on family vacation for a week. Although New YorkRead More

A GPS Device for Prince Albert

GPS technology guides you through traffic and gets you to your desired destination.  But it can do much more. A GPS device embedded in a phone or vehicle can track your whereabouts. This technology will be considered by the city of Prince Albert in Saskatoon, Canada to monitor the city employees. The proposal for tracking employees is up for debate. The plan is to embed the devices in employees’ work phones and some vehicles to monitor their work habits. The data will be collected and studied and a decision made based on the study. Public Concern Over City Workers TheRead More

GPS Tracking To Keep Employees Honest

More and more, employers are watching where their workers are going in their company vehicles. It makes sense from an employer standpoint, but what do employees think?   Employers stand much to gain from relying on GPS devices to track their workers. Just the fact you can save a substantial amount of money in excessive, unnecessary wear and tear makes it a winning choice in an effort to add to your profit margin. It only adds to the value of the GPS tracking device when you know your drivers are making it on time to their destination, and not misreportingRead More

GPS Tracking To Keep Employees Honest

More and more, employers are watching where their workers are going in their company vehicles. It makes sense from an employer standpoint, but what do employees think?   Employers stand much to gain from relying on GPS devices to track their workers. Just the fact you can save a substantial amount of money in excessive, unnecessary wear and tear makes it a winning choice in an effort to add to your profit margin. It only adds to the value of the GPS tracking device when you know your drivers are making it on time to their destination, and not misreportingRead More

GPS Technology: Cost Saving Devices or Invasions of Employee Privacy?

As more local governments utilize GPS technology in their vehicles, questions are being raised about the devices’ cost-effectiveness and their employee monitoring capabilities.  Many county offices have added the units to their fleet in an effort to save on fuel costs and increase employee productivity.   Advocates of the technology say that the devices will provide drivers with the most direct routes to their destinations, thus increasing agency efficiency and response times as well as limiting the use of costly fuel. After installing the GPS sytem in their vehicles, the Baltimore county fleet drove 493,463 miles in October 2012, asRead More

Freedom from GPS Fleet Tracking

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The introduction or discussion of GPS fleet tracking has been met with varying responses from employers and employees. As specific industries and government-funded departments have decided to implement this new technology, opinions ranging from causes to freedoms to taxpayers’ money continue to abound—and to clash. Some people, simply by personality, negatively react to the idea of accountability and control inherent within the establishment of GPS fleet tracking; however, the new technology seems to be spreading and attracting more supporters. Could a shift in thinking possibly help those in opposition see such changes as bringing more freedom instead of less?  Read More