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I was just speaking with a good friend of mine regarding his Employer wanting to install a GPS system on his vehicle. He has been with this Company for over 10 years and has been considered a key employee. They recently changed his job position which included a 10K/year pay decrease. He is still salaried. If they install this system on his vehicle he will be the only salaried Employee to have GPS. On another note, he has recently been diagnosed with PAH (Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension) Most likely he will be getting at least a lung transplant and possible a heart transplant. To me this looks like they are trying to get him off their payroll due to his health condition. I question weather or not it's legal to single him out for the GPS install. He's not worried about what they'll find on the GPS tracking as his work ethics are great.

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If they are singling him out he may have something. He should start with an HR complaint. Generally there is no expectation of privacy at work.

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I was just speaking with a good friend of mine regarding his Employer wanting to install a GPS system on his vehicle. He has been with this Company for over 10 years and has been considered a key employee. They recently changed his job position which included a 10K/year pay decrease. He is still salaried. If they install this system on his vehicle he will be the only salaried Employee to have GPS. On another note, he has recently been diagnosed with PAH (Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension) Most likely he will be getting at least a lung transplant and possible a heart transplant. To me this looks like they are trying to get him off their payroll due to his health condition. I question weather or not it's legal to single him out for the GPS install. He's not worried about what they'll find on the GPS tracking as his work ethics are great.

 

 

If it's a company car, they have the right to know where it is. If he's worried, drive the car to and from work and no personal miles.

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He's allowed to use the vehicle for personal use as well. As I mentioned, he's not worried about them finding anything. I think he has two things going for him should he choose to take this somewhere if they are trying to get him off their payroll.

 

1) He's the only salaried employee with the GPS unit

2) He was recently diagnosed with PAH. (A year ago) Things have been going downhill since with his Employee even though he's been considered a key employee. Never written up in 10 years, people that work for him (9-10) enjoy working with him.

 

Looks like they are trying to force him to quit to get him off their health insurance. I know this guy well. He worked for me for over 10 years. He's good at what he does.

 

If it's a company car, they have the right to know where it is. If he's worried, drive the car to and from work and no personal miles.

 

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I can`t see there reason for doing it with one vehicle if they have a fleet . The company I`am with has just recently put G.P.S on all the vehicles. It doesn`t bother me as I have nothing to hide but would be a little upset if my company vehicle was the only one with G.P.S..

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This is a no brainer, give the company car back and drive your own. \ :redcard:

 

GG

 

 

I totally agree with this solution.

 

If he goes to HR it could backfire and/or then his company will believe he is trouble and then they'll REALLY work to get rid of him. The purpose of HR is not to help the employees, as they want you to believe.

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I totally agree with this solution.

 

If he goes to HR it could backfire and/or then his company will believe he is trouble and then they'll REALLY work to get rid of him. The purpose of HR is not to help the employees, as they want you to believe.

 

 

+1000

 

HR is there to protect the company, not the employee.

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I totally agree with this solution.

 

If he goes to HR it could backfire and/or then his company will believe he is trouble and then they'll REALLY work to get rid of him. The purpose of HR is not to help the employees, as they want you to believe.

 

 

Great point ilmor

 

HR is a disaster in every work place, find a company that has an HR organization that actually practices what they preach and adds value. Another subject all together.......

 

I would say NO they can not single him out based on the information you have provided, but more information would be needed.

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I was just speaking with a good friend of mine regarding his Employer wanting to install a GPS system on his vehicle. He has been with this Company for over 10 years and has been considered a key employee. They recently changed his job position which included a 10K/year pay decrease. He is still salaried. If they install this system on his vehicle he will be the only salaried Employee to have GPS. On another note, he has recently been diagnosed with PAH (Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension) Most likely he will be getting at least a lung transplant and possible a heart transplant. To me this looks like they are trying to get him off their payroll due to his health condition. I question weather or not it's legal to single him out for the GPS install. He's not worried about what they'll find on the GPS tracking as his work ethics are great.

 

 

 

In my opinion, I would let this new GPS addition play out a little before doing too much. On a company issued car, the employer has any number of valid reasons they can give for installing the GPS, especially true with "outside" employees, who's work day is mostly in the field. If the GPS is used for valid business reasons, then maybe no foul. But, if they start using the GPS, for Non-business reasons, then document carefully and seek legal advice. The huge question is, "is there any other employees with the same or similar job description" that have been exempted from the GPS addition. If yes, the burden will be on the employer to prove WHY. I worked for 27 years as a Corporate Security Manager, and conducted many type Employee and company investigations, and I can assure you companies DO use "force out" tools, many of which are not approved by the Corporate office, but local or regional over zealous managers. Your friend will have to walk very carefully down this path, but build your case, document everything, and don't let them force him into an error. If any doubt then contacting a good attorney specializing in Employee Relations issue is advised.

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Not for nothing if you have a Company supplied Blackberry they can already GPS exactly where you are, it has happened to several folks at my job, but only after they gave cause for the company to do so.

 

Just like those that have their lap-tops checked, it is always because of probably cause. I still can not for the life of me understand how some people think they are not going to get caught checking out Porn on their Company Provided lap-top. Funny and Sad at the same time, can not make this crap up.

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HR are a waste of time you mind as well be talking to the company. I would get a lawyer first and talk to him about what you have told us and see what he thinks about it and what you should do.I dont think there will be nothing he can do about them adding the GPS unit.I would make your lawyer your HR person. Sorry about his health problems we will be praying for him.

 

 

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