Attorney Michelle Radie-Coffin of Shaheen & Gordon, P.A. has authored
a new article which has been published in the
New Hampshire Business Review.
The article describes the surprising fact that businesses cannot prevent
employees from using their work-provided email for non-work purposes.
This is according to a decision made last year by the National Labor Relations
Board (NLRB), who over the past two years has looked through numerous
employee handbooks. The found that the broad language used to describe
company policies is insufficient for an all-out ban of non-work-related
The NLRB reasons that banning work email would interfere with an employee’s
efforts to “organize and engage in concerted, protected activities,”
and that a ban would be akin to banning oral solicitation during non-working
time. The NLRB’s goal is to protect the rights of employees; in
this case, it is to protect the rights of employees to talk amongst themselves
about workplace issues or distribute solicitation or fundraising information.
Companies now have to more careful about the language they use to create
rules for using their email system if they wish to exclude usage for non-work-related purposes.
Click here to view Michelle’s original article.
Michelle is an associate at Shaheen & Gordon, P.A. practicing in the
areas of business law, real estate law, employment law, immigration law,
and estate planning. Over the past two decades, she has created and operated
a number of small businesses in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. In addition
to her contributions to the legal field, she also is highly involved with
her community, serving on the advisory boards of two schools, on a school
safety issue committee, and as the founder of a local non-profit organization.
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