FDA Electronic Messaging Services Are Not Employee Tracking Tools

Does your supervisor monitor your computer activity?

Microsoft Lync
Microsoft Lync

I recently learned from another chapter president that some supervisors are using the Microsoft® Lync to monitor employee activity, particularly when the employee teleworks. Please note that FDA Staff Manual Guide (SMG) 3291.8, “Electronic Messaging Services,” clearly states that, “Microsoft Lync is not an employee tracking tool and should not be used as such.” [Section 5 C]

Cisco Jabber
Cisco Jabber

Also note that 5 U.S.C. § 6503 (a) requires that teleworkers and nonteleworkers are treated the same for purposes of periodic appraisals of job performance of employees, training, rewarding, reassigning, promoting, reducing in grade, retaining and removing employees, work requirements, or other acts involving managerial discretion.

Our own Collective Bargaining Agreement, in Article 26, Section 4 B, states that the employer will administer the telework program in a fair and equitable manner.

Please let me or your chapter president know if your supervisor or manager requires you to have Microsoft Lync or Cisco Jabber active for monitoring and tracking purposes.