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Privacy Commissioner Issues Guidelines on Privacy Rights During Flu Pandemic

Written by
Mathews Dinsdale, Canada’s only national labour and employment law firm.
This article reports on the issue of privacy rights in relation to the impact of the H1N1 virus on the workplace

Privacy rights are one of the issues most frequently raised when employers seek advice about the impact of the H1N1 virus on the workplace. In order to assist employers in meeting their obligations under private sector privacy laws, the Privacy Commission of Canada, in conjunction with the Privacy Commissioners of Alberta and British Columbia, has developed a guidance document for employers that discusses the application of privacy laws during a flu pandemic. The Privacy Commission has also developed a fact sheet for employees explaining privacy rights at work during a flu pandemic.