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(Anchorage Daily News)   According to Captain Obvious there might be risks involved if you secretly record your boss   (adn.com) divider line
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2019-04-16 02:35:52 AM  
There might be risks if you secretly hide an Annoy-o-tron in his office or secretly replace the water in the cooler with vodak. Secrecy comes with risks.
 
2019-04-16 05:04:06 AM  
It says a lot about millinneals that they need this told to them.
 
2019-04-16 06:18:58 AM  

Non Sequitur Man: There might be risks if you secretly hide an Annoy-o-tron in his office or secretly replace the water in the cooler with vodak. Secrecy comes with risks.


The Annoyatron "Laughing Baby" in a quiet accounting wing of the office FTW!
 
2019-04-16 06:31:38 AM  
Didn't the patriot act make it to where you only need one party's consent to record?
 
2019-04-16 06:40:45 AM  
If you have ever felt the need to have recordings protect you at work -- get out.
 
2019-04-16 06:44:53 AM  

gaslight: If you have ever felt the need to have recordings protect you at work -- get out.


Not terrible advice, but some people really like their jobs but for a single, evil coworker or boss.

To borrow from Michael Bolton's wisdom: "Why should I quit? He's the one who sucks."
 
2019-04-16 06:44:57 AM  

Cythraul: Didn't the patriot act make it to where you only need one party's consent to record?


You know how I know you didn't RTFA?
 
2019-04-16 06:46:25 AM  
Or better yet, record your subordinates Comrades for fun and profit

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2019-04-16 07:07:27 AM  
According to the law, you can (if you live in Colorado.
 
2019-04-16 07:08:17 AM  
If you have a bully boss, record the Fark out of him, because workplace harassment is nearly impossible to prove otherwise.
 
2019-04-16 07:13:00 AM  

jmr61: Cythraul: Didn't the patriot act make it to where you only need one party's consent to record?

You know how I know you didn't RTFA?


Hey, give me some credit. I read the first couple of paragraphs.
 
2019-04-16 07:33:49 AM  
FTFA- Meanwhile, an employer can prohibit its employees from recording conversations at work without getting others' consent when its policy is based on the employer's legitimate business needs and doesn't violate its employees' right to engage in protected "concerted" activities such as discussing wages and working conditions with coworkers.

This highlights one of the main reasons there is such inequity in our society. The veil of complete secrecy regarding working pay and conditions... two things that need to be more transparent to fight the corporate desire to screw people out of paying workers doing the same work the same amount as well as keeping them safe. I have watched a boss threaten a worker because the guy was trying to find out how much other workers, who were doing the same job, were getting paid. (He also told the rest of us not to say anything. He implied there would be an issue if we did, but he did not actually threaten us about talking to this person). This was a new job and a new career choice, so this person was not prepared for the lack of information regarding what they should be getting. Of course, such behavior is also a mainstay of business, so it won't change without some serious effort by the general population, but we all know about actual effort and the American public...
 
2019-04-16 07:37:45 AM  

BrerRobot: If you have a bully boss, record the Fark out of him, because workplace harassment is nearly impossible to prove otherwise.


I didn't have to with one evil boss.  I walked out and our VP hunted me down that evening (everyone knew which pub I went to) and almost begged me to come back.  My boss was transferred to a position of "far less harm" two weeks later.

Said evil boss works at Equifax these days and is a Director.  Guess they didn't get the memo.
 
2019-04-16 07:46:54 AM  

Cythraul: Didn't the patriot act make it to where you only need one party's consent to record?


No. PA us still two party consent for recording.
 
2019-04-16 09:20:09 AM  

MrFrode: PA us still two party consent for recording.


There is this beautiful gem in the article: "To be in compliance with the National Labor Relations Act, employer policies need to note that employees may record conversations if they do so to address harassment, discrimination, unsafe or hazardous conditions, grievances, inconsistent application of employer rules or discussions with management or coworkers about the terms and conditions of their employment."

In other words, employers have to explicitly allow recorded conversations (even if only one party knows about it0 to address the above concerns. That basically means any time an employee goes to raise an issue or discuss it with someone in the company, it's allowed to record that conversation.
 
2019-04-16 05:19:21 PM  

Lucky LaRue: It says a lot about millinneals that they need this told to them.


It says more to me about current corporate/employment conditions in the lives of millenials, frankly.  This isn't an indictment of millenials as much as it is an indictment of employer/corp culture changes.
/no, it's not that they used to be songbirds of happiness - it's that they now feel free to be blatant and constant prongs.
 
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