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For example, the SCA does not prohibit access of electronically stored
communications by an employer that provides the electronic communications service. To this effect, employers generally have handbooks
or Internet policies that state employees should have no expectation of
privacy in their use of an employer's information technology.
Despite the ECPA and SCA, more employee friendly laws are
emerging. States such as California, Connecticut, Delaware, Texas
and Virginia have enacted legislation that restricts tracking individuals. Still, states can vary widely on this issue. For example,
California extends a constitutional right to privacy to the employer-employee relationship; a monitored employee may sue his or her
employer for invasion of privacy in certain circumstances. Connecticut's law is less employee friendly and provides that employers do not have to give written notice of electronic monitoring of
employees if the employer reasonably believes that an employee is
engaging in illegal conduct.
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is also increasingly
aware of these issues. Hidden surveillance cameras are a mandatory
subject of collective bargaining because they have the potential to
affect employee discipline and job security. However, where employees are already monitored, the implementation of new monitoring
technology may not be a mandatory subject of bargaining.

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Epcon Communities Franchising, Inc.
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Webcor Builders -
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PCL - Aggie Village
Midstate Construction
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Foutch Brothers - Algona Lofts
Bohannon Development Corp.

Health Information Concerns
Although many wearable technology devices are designed to monitor our health and wellness, it can raise concerns when those devices
are used as part of the job or when employers incentivize use of these
devices. Employers are generally prohibited from accessing information like heart rate and other indicators of health, but employers are
not prohibited from obtaining health information as part of wellness
programs. Further, where an employer offers a workplace wellness
program directly (and not as part of a group health plan), the health
information collected from employees by the employer is not protected by the HIPAA rules.
The Americans with Disabilities Act is another font of concerns. The
collection of medical information through wearable technology could
be considered a medical examination under the ADA. If it is, then the
employer will be required to show that the medical examination was
"job-related and consistent with business necessity."

were to occur while using such devices, workers' compensation and other claims would
certainly be brought against the employer.
Contractors, manufacturers and other employers implementing and/or permitting these
types of products in the workplace should
consider revising their policies and safety
protocols to restrict when and where workers
may use heads-up displays in order to limit
liability and monitor their state legislation
to ban the use of wearable computers with
head-mounted displays while driving.
Employers wanting to implement wearable products should consider these issues
when deciding what products to use and how
to have their employees use them.

Safety Concerns
There are also safety concerns about wearable technology, especially
products that offer a heads-up display, such as the DAQRI smart hard
hat or the (now discontinued) Google Glass. When the interaction with
images on heads-up displays is coupled with the responsibilities of
operating or driving heavy equipment, such as Bobcats, cranes, and
forklifts, the distractions can become quite dangerous. If any accident

Jeremy P. Brummond practices in the litigation department at Lewis Rice in St.
Louis, Missouri, with a focus on engineering and construction. He can be reached
at jbrummond@lewisrice.com.
Patrick J. Thornton practices primarily in the areas of construction and environmental law, commercial litigation, and medical malpractice at Lewis Rice in St.
Louis, Missouri. He can be reached at pthornton@lewisrice.com.

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