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Workplace Email: The Devil Made Me Do It

People manage email in different ways. Some of us use our Inbox as a task list, filing everything that does not need attention. Others use their Inbox as a storage site for any email that they may ever want to refer to again. You can imagine which group is better liked by IT departments across the globe...

You Can Leave the Light On . . . But Be Sure to Log Out

You can, according to Joe Cocker, leave a light on. But, if you want a second opinion, I'd suggest that you be sure you log out before you leave the computer room. The case of discussion in today's post, Marcus v. Rogers , was brought by a group of New Jersey public-school teachers. The District...

Why I May Have to Eat My Emoticons

Most of the time, HR and employment law are serious topics. But, sometimes, they can be seriously funny. Today, I read something that qualified for the latter description. It strikes me as so funny that I just have to share it with you, dear readers. Regular readers may recall a post I wrote a while...

Do Employees Have Any Privacy Rights in Personal Emails Sent from Corporate Accounts?

Earlier this week, a story broke reporting that Harvard University surreptitiously viewed the work emails of 16 residential deans as part of its investigation into a cheating scandal. Your level of outrage at Harvard's investigation will depend entirely on the degree to which you believe employees...

Delaware Chancery Court Finds No Privilege for Email Sent from Work Account

Does an employee who communicates with his lawyer from a company email account waive the attorney-client privilege with respect to those communications? The answer is not terribly well settled—not in Delaware and not in most jurisdictions. But a recent decision by the Delaware Court of Chancery...

NLRB Re-Affirms That Workplace Policies Cannot Restrict Non-Work-Time Solicitations

Have you recently reviewed your company’s Electronic Communications Policy, and other policies that regulate how employees use your email and other computer systems? If not, you might want to consider putting that to-do on your short list. Late last year, in Purple Communications , the NLRB...