What makes an employee time tracking system valuable for employers is the same thing that makes it cringe-worthy for employees: accuracy.
When a company chooses to go mobile in terms of employee timekeeping, the ability to accurately monitor on the clock employee locations is a very attractive feature. The way in which our app can now automatically log employees in and out and even prompt them to do so, based on their location, is a much-needed tool for employers who have had no other option other than placing blind trust in their field employees. Even if just the smallest percentage of their workforce is guesstimating hours, this equates to big financial losses for the company.
By eliminating archaic paper timesheets, the payroll process is quicker, more efficient and virtually error-free. With that relief, however, comes the responsibility of the employer to protect employee privacy.
A lawsuit filed in California this past May brings into question the balance between an employer's right to monitor and an employee's right to privacy. Plaintiff Myrna Arias alleges that she was fired by her former company for uninstalling a GPS tracking app that she was required to download.
Arias claims she told her employer that she was fine with the company monitoring her as an on the clock employee, but tracking her while not at work was an illegal invasion of privacy. The company refused to acknowledge her position, instructing her to reinstall the app. When she refused to comply, she was ultimately terminated. Arias is seeking $500k in lost wages and the case is pending.