by Susan K. Fitzke, Sarah J. Gorajski and Emily A. McNee, Esqs., Littler Mendelson, Minneapolis
Many employers prohibit employees from using company email systems for any kind of personal communication. A recent National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruling, however, may force employers to change those policies.
The NLRB’s Purple Communications decision asserts that employees are presumptively allowed to use company email systems during nonwork hours in connection with organizing campaigns or to discuss workplace issues with co-workers.
Email: the new water cooler
Purple Communications reverses the NLRB’s long-standing position that employers could completely prohibit the personal, nonwork use of email, including for union organizing. The NLRB noted the increased use of technology in the workplace, explaining that email has become “the natural gathering place” for (register to read more)in lieu of more traditional...