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Two New NLRB Decisions Allow Employers to Limit Use of Its Email System and Preserve Confidentiality of Workplace Investigations

Author: Rogers Stevens

1/06/2020

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Two New NLRB Decisions Allow Employers to Limit Use of Its Email System and Preserve Confidentiality of Workplace Investigations

Q: What is the current rule on whether an employee can use our company’s email system to distribute union material? Also, are we permitted to require employees to keep workplace investigations confidential without running afoul of the National Labor Relations Act?

A: There are actually two issues that arise from your question, and both were recently addressed by the National Labor Relations Board in its reversal of two Obama-era decisions. Essentially, employers may now beef up restrictions on their employees’ use of company-owned email and other communications systems, subject to certain exceptions. Furthermore, employers may now implement rules requiring confidentiality during the course of workplace investigations, and depending on the circumstances, even beyond the close of the investigation.

Data protection laws have changed, so we have revised our Privacy Policy.

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