Does Your Boss Read Your Email?
A bill that has been introduced in the House would require employers to disclose all methods of monitoring communication at the time a new employee is hired, and to update employees annually as to changes in such methods. The bill would not prevent employers from secretly monitoring an employee’s communications if there is a reason to believe an illegal activity is taking place.
Employers who argue in favor of monitoring employee communications claim such monitoring is necessary to check the validity of harassment claims, to determine if trade secrets are being passed inappropriately, and to protect the company from computer viruses.
If passed, the legislation would includes fines to the employer of up to $20,000 per employee if the law is disobeyed.
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