Protecting Privacy When Employees Depart

Davis LLP Privacy Bulletin

July 16, 2010

Employers often wish to communicate in some way with remaining employees when an employee leaves the organization in order to ease concerns they may have about another employee's departure (voluntary or otherwise).

The Alberta Privacy Commissioner issued an Order on June 14th, 2010 which makes it clear that employers must be very careful about their choice of words in these situations and that if too much is said, the employer may face civil liability.