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How to Monitor Employee Use of Email and the Internet

Author: Douglas Zucker, Bauch Zucker Hatfield LLC

In nearly all business organizations, employers provide employees access to employer email and the internet. This access creates potential liability issues for employers with regard to both internal communications between employees and communications with third parties outside of the organization, as well as concerns about employee productivity issues and downloading of inappropriate information. In order to properly monitor employee use of email and the internet, employers should be guided by the steps set forth below.