I work in the IT department at a small company in the U.S. Recently the CEO approached me and stated that it has come to his attention that people are sharing salary information. For whatever reason, he is assuming that this sharing of information is taking place because someone has access to confidential HR information. He refused to provide me with any additional details on why he thinks this is the case. Based on what he told me, I can only think that he is making a faulty assumption, he has given me no reason to believe it couldn't be two employees having their own discussion about what they make.
Needless to say, I took the time to demonstrate to him that each company resources is only accessible to users or groups who have been specifically granted access to that resource. Nothing was found that would indicate anyone has access to anything they shouldn't. He remains unconvinced had has come back at me several times regarding the issue.
At this point I am getting frustrated and feel unconformable with the whole situation, not just because it's wasted a ton of my time, but also because there is nothing illegal or wrong about employees sharing salary information. As an IT person, I don't mind demonstrating correct permissions/access to company resources. But I simply don't care what employee might be talking about among themselves. That has nothing to do with me, and I'm not sure how I can tactfully get the CEO to realize that.