Wearable technology consists of clothes or clothing accessories that incorporate some form of computer or electronic technology. A common example of this is a bracelet that monitors the number of steps that the wearer takes in a day. Wearable technology can incorporate technology such as:
Common forms of wearable technology include:
Many employers are requiring workers to make use of wearable technology during the performance of their daily work duties. These employment practices may create legal issues, including:
Legal violations that involve wearable technology can lead to serious legal consequences. These can include monetary damages, and in some cases, criminal charges. Since wearable technology is so new, it is necessary to understand exactly how the technology works and how it can affect an employee or employer’s rights.
Most wearable technology is capable of storing or transferring data records, and these records can then be used as evidence in court if needed. Many types of legal disputes can be prevented or minimized by including wearable technology terms in the employee's employment contract or requesting that a contract include such terms.
Wearable technology is quite a recent phenomenon. This means that laws governing the technology may still be evolving, and may vary from state to state. You may need to hire an employment law attorney if you have any legal issues in your workplace that involve wearable technology. Your attorney can research the laws to determine what your legal rights and options are. If you need to file a lawsuit or make an appearance in court, your lawyer can provide representation during the process as well.
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