Thursday, June 17, 2010

Supreme Court rules on employer monitoring of cellphone, computer conversations

Supreme Court rules on employer monitoring of cellphone, computer conversationsThis decision was not a surprise. The law has been clear for many years that employers may monitor employee's communications when company evices and technologies are in use. What created the controversy here was an "informal" unwritten policy that could have supported the finding that the police department employer, in this case, waived the right to monitor communications.

The lesson? If you are monitoring, let your emplopyees know and remind that about personal use and your ability to view personal communications if they use your equipment. And don't be put in the position of someone claiming an "informal" policy overwrites your formal one.

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