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Can employees legally record meetings with management?

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HC Online | 05 May 2014, 10:58 AM Agree 0
As HR professionals, the last thing we want to worry about is having employees secretly recording performance or disciplinary meetings. HC Online looks at the legalities of secret recordings.
  • Sally | 05 May 2014, 12:26 PM Agree 0
    An employee claimed to have secretly recorded a conversation. We advised that this was inappropriate behavior, potentially illegal, and would not be condoned. I gave my consent for the recording to be disclosed as part of an investigation into the matter at hand, but the recording was never produced.
  • Laurence | 07 May 2014, 09:23 AM Agree 0
    Normally if an employee sees the need to record their conversations with management the 'trust and confidence' has already broken down. In the majority of cases where this occurs it is due to management denying what was said in previous conversations. Also if someone is aware that they are being recorded normally they will not say what they really think and in some cases refuse to take part in the conversation if they are aware it is being recorded, which indicates they really have something to hide.
    If the worplace is open and above board managers have nothing to fear being secretely recorded. What do they have to hide? In many professions/jobs you do not have a right to have a support person present during conversations... as management classes them as 'private conversation' between them and the relevant employee.
  • Angel | 20 Feb 2018, 08:17 AM Agree 0
    I think employee should be able to use a recording device. I my situation I do not trust management and anything they say would end up being they said I said and the majority of the time it goes in their favor. If the conversation during the meeting starts to turn hostile can the employee say , " i'm taking out my recorder to record this because it is getting out of hand and this is not a peaceful conversation.
  • Ace Calderon | 17 Mar 2018, 01:45 PM Agree 0
    If you are scared, reluctant or refuse to have a work meeting recorded, you have something to hide. Only someone who wants to control what the outcome of the meeting is, regardless of what actually occurs during the meeting would not want the meeting recorded. Simply put, if you don't want your meeting recorded you're shady and shouldn't be in the workplace.
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