What is Centerton’s new city recording policy?

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CENTERTON, Ark. (KNWA) — The City of Centerton is adopting city recording policies.

This comes after controversy within the city’s police department stemming from recordings during the past few months.

The policy states if a city employee is recording a conversation between them and another city worker, they must make them aware.

It also requires the recording device to be presented and visible.

Failure to follow the policy may result in disciplinary action or even termination.

Attorney Josh Bryant says Arkansas is an at-will employment state.

“Employers in general are going to have the ability to make whatever policies they want that’s going to facilitate their operations, so long as those policies are applied or on their face don’t violate some other employment law or discrimination law, or labor law,” Bryant said.

Bryant says he hasn’t seen a policy like this, but in certain professions it might be necessary for confidentiality.

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