On 5 June 2020, the Belgian Data Protection Authority issued a guidance regarding temperature screenings within the context of the return-to-work policies developed by companies following the COVID-19 pandemic. In the guidance, the Belgian DPA addresses, among others, the privacy concerns arising from different methods of temperature screening.
As companies in the United States work to re-open physical workplaces, they must navigate an array of federal, state, and local laws that relate to employees, including requirements to keep workplaces safe while protecting employee privacy. Hogan Lovells partner Harriet Pearson contributed to a timely memorandum published on May 13 by the HR Policy Association. This memorandum is made available in this blog post.
On March 11, the Word Health Organization officially characterized the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak as a pandemic. During the outbreak, many employers around the world are seeking to prioritize the well-being and safety of their employees by asking them to work remotely instead of risking exposure while commuting and working in populated office spaces. Organizations need to take into account increased risks to the security of their networks, systems, and data during this time.