Employers have the right to track the websites visited by their employees on company computers, to block employees from visiting specific Internet sites and to limit the amount of time an employee may spend on a specific website.
Employer’s Right To Monitor Phone Calls And Voice Mail Messages
The federal Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) places some limitations on an employer’s right to monitor its employees’ telephone usage at work. Under the Act, an employer usually may not monitor an employee’s personal phone calls, even those made from telephones on work premises. An employer may only monitor a personal call if the employee knows the particular call is being monitored and consents to it. An employer may not intercept an employee’s voice mail, but it may be allowed to access voice mail messages that are in “electronic storage” on the company system.
Employer’s Right To Conduct Post-Hiring Drug Testing
An employer may be able to require its employees to submit to drug screening; many state laws, however, limit the circumstances in which an employer may test for drugs and the methods it may use to perform such tests. An employer may generally test its employees for drug use if it limits the testing to:
- Workers whose jobs expose them or others to a great deal of risk
- Workers who have completed a drug rehabilitation program or are currently enrolled in such a program
- Workers who have been involved in a work-related accident in which drug use was suspected
- Workers whom management reasonably believes have been using drugs, based on physical evidence or behavior
Speak To An Employment Law Attorney
Employees have general and specific rights to privacy in the workplace, but these rights are balanced against employers’ rights to monitor business operations. If privacy is an issue in your workplace, contact Law Offices of Louis D. Stober, Jr., L.L.C., in Mineola, New York, today to schedule a consultation with an employment lawyer. You can reach us at 877-791-8076 or complete our contact form.
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