Employee Communications: Montana
Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.
Authors: Jason Ritchie and Bradley T. Cave, Holland & Hart LLP
- Montana law requires employers' posting certain information regarding payroll practices, smoking restrictions, unemployment and workers' compensation insurance, among other requirements. See Required Postings.
- Montana does not recognize at-will employment, but Montana law does require carefully drafted internal policies and a grievance procedure. See Communication of At-Will or Other Terms of Employment.
- Inappropriate or unlawful employer statements can contribute to claims for discrimination, defamation, invasion of privacy or other common law claims. See Legal Claims Relating to Communications.
- Montana law sets forth procedures regarding service letters and blacklisting prohibitions. See Job References and Service Letters.
- Montana law discourages covenants not to compete. See Covenants Not to Compete.
- No Montana statute directly regulates discriminatory comments, but such comments may support a claim of discrimination. See Statutes Relating to Discriminatory Comments.
- Montana provides significant privacy protections for employees' communications. See Privacy in Communications.
- Montana provides protection for employers' trade secrets under the Uniform Trade Secrets Act. See Trade Secrets, Business Information and Proprietary Information.
- Montana provides several whistleblower protections for employee complaints. See Statutes Protecting Employee Communications.