Employers and/or employees are entitled to secretly record conversations in the workplace, such as general meetings and disciplinary hearings. These recordings can be made without the consent of the other party, in terms of the Rica Act.
An employee may record workplace conversations between him/her and the employer especially when the employer has a history of misconstruing the truth. Having evidence in the form of audio recordings shall avoid disputes of facts as to whom said what.
However, if an employee secretly records conversations between him/her and the employer, it could result in mistrust or friction in the employment relationship.
If, on the other hand, an employer secretly records an employee/s and makes it a common practice and the employee/s become aware of this fact, it could harm the employment relationship between the parties.