We Are Open (With Safety Precautions) & Ready To Help:  Click Here To Watched Our Covid-19 Webinar — What Employers Need to Know

EMPLOYERS MAY AGAIN RESTRICT USE OF THEIR EMAIL SYSTEM

The NLRB has re-established the right of an employer to restrict employee use of its email system if it does so on a non-discriminatory basis.  Caesars Entertainment, Inc., 368 NLRB No. 143.  This case reversed an Obama-era ruling that employees given access to the employer's email system had a presumptive right to use that system, on non-working time, for union or other concerted activities.  In the current ruling, the Board stated that employees do not have a statutory right to use the employer's email and other information-technology (IT) resources to engage in non-work-related communications.  The ruling indicates that employers may lawfully exercise that right to restrict the uses to which those systems are put, provided that in doing so, they do not discriminate against union or other protected concerted communications.  The Board in essence reinstated the rulings that existed prior to the Obama NLRB.

In doing so, the Board agree with business groups that employers have property and First Amendment rights to limit the use of their own email systems.  An exception will remain, however, for cases "where an employer's email system furnishes the only reasonable means for employees to communicate with one another."


Wimberly, Lawson, Steckel, Schneider & Stine

3400 Peachtree Road, Ste 400 / Lenox Towers / Atlanta, GA 30326 /404.365.0900

Where Experience Counts


Thank you for visiting the firm's website. Please note that this website is intended for general information purposes only and does not constitute an offer of representation or create an attorney-client relationship with the firm. The firm welcomes receipt of electronic mail but the act of sending electronic mail alone does not create an attorney-client relationship. You may reproduce materials available at this site for your own personal use and for non-commercial distribution. All copies must include the firm's copyright notice.

© 2020 Wimberly, Lawson, Steckel, Schneider & Stine P.C. | Site By JSM