NLRB OKs Employees’ Use of Work E-mail for Union Organizing, Other Work-Related Matters

Employers that don’t want their employees using company-provided email accounts for union-related purposes shouldn’t give them e-mail access at all.

That’s the thrust of a ruling by the National Labor Relations Board this week that companies can’t prohibit employees from using the work e-mail accounts for union organizing and other workplace-related purposes.

Companies can require that employees do this sort of e-mailing on their own time–rather than on company time.  But once the employer gives access to its email system, it cannot restrict what topics the employee emails about, as long as it is generally work-related.



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