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In a feature for Canadian Employment Law Today, Meghan Cowan examines a recent decision by the Office of the Alberta Information and Privacy Commissioner on the collection, use and disclosure of employees’ personal information. Cowan suggests the December decision, which stems from a complaint an employee filed under the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA), “provides a noteworthy lesson for employers when managing sensitive employee medical information.” The information in question related to medical leave and disability benefits, the report states, meeting the definition of personal employee information under PIPA. “This decision is significant not only for delineating the consent and disclosure requirements around employee medical information in Alberta, but for privacy legislation in other Canadian jurisdictions,” Cowan writes.
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