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Covington lawyers have helped numerous clients understand and comply with the increasingly complex set of rules governing privacy in the workplace. On a range of issues including the privacy of employment records, employee monitoring, the use of biometrics, and pretexting, our lawyers provide thoughtful and valuable advice to help our clients manage human resources and other workplace operations.

We regularly advise clients regarding proper methods for collecting and processing employee personal information, including preparing notices, policies, consent forms, and contracts in connection with employment relationships. In addition, we draft acceptable use policies for Internet, e-mail, blogging, and other network activities in accordance with existing laws and practices regarding workplace monitoring. We often undertake detailed reviews of companies’ privacy practices in connection with internal audits, as well as proposed transactions, and we offer training and compliance programs to help clients ensure that they are managing employee information responsibly and protecting themselves from cybersecurity risks posed by malicious or negligent insiders.

Of particular importance to many multinational corporations is the transfer of employee data from Europe or Asia to the United States, and we have helped clients identify the proper legal basis for effecting such transfers. Finally, our lawyers are expert in counseling companies that have suffered security breaches involving employee personal information, and we work with them to develop appropriate responses to affected individuals and regulators.