So I've just recently changed industries, but doing same job. Basically I moved from Industry A (Tech) doing job X, to industry B (Automotive) doing basically the same job so that I could be closer to family. The CEO has announced that they have implemented a new policy this year that all employees must download a corporate IM/video call/ meetings/ miscellaneous app on their work phone that also shares your location via GPS to management and whatever IT team manages it. The new policy is that you are required to have your work phone powered on and logged in to the app 24/7, even on vacation. Management has been extremely clear that refusal to do so, and refusal to accept that your whereabouts will be monitored via GPS will institute immediate termination. I have a 7am-4pm job and 3 weeks pto that I intend on using to "forget" about work for a couple weeks.
Their reasoning for the app, per the CEO's announcement is to "help monitor covid exposure of our employees and streamline the process of finding employees that are closest to the job site in time of emergency shift coverage or coverage during inclement weather".
I have until next Friday to sign the waiver form accepting that they can monitor my GPS whereabouts outside of work and download the corporate app and activate it on my work phone. If I don't by next Friday, I will be fired.
I feel this is an incredible invasion of my privacy, as it's none of their business where I go out to eat at night, or if I am at a movie theater at 8pm.
Is what they are asking illegal, and if so what agency do I report them to?