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Workplace Privacy Rights

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With the ever growing popularity of social networking websites, blogs, text messaging and e-mail, many employees spend hours engaging in virtual communication while at work. This raises important legal issues for employers, including questions about the employee's right to privacy, the employer's right to monitor employee communications, and how an employer protects itself.
Akerman has experience navigating the federal and state laws that govern employer and employee rights in this area, and we work with employers throughout the U.S. to develop effective monitoring and confidentiality policies. We are also cognizant of employers' duties to maintain various forms of confidential information, including employee personnel records, customer's credit card information, and confidential business plans.

Practice Highlights
Bullet Experience in creating policies to assist in limiting the misuse of technology systems and in limiting any privacy rights claims by employees
Bullet Assist with prevention of claims of harassment, discrimination, or retaliation arising from the misuse of an employer's technology systems
Bullet Experience in setting forth recordkeeping requirements that comply with laws such as the ADA, FMLA, FLSA, and FCRA
Bullet Assist in delineating which employees within an organization may access an employer's confidential information
Bullet Develop policies to help protect the confidential and proprietary information belonging to an employer, its employees, and third parties
Bullet Provide advice regarding disposal of confidential and proprietary information
Bullet Train employees on the proper uses of an employer's technology systems, as well as the proper methods for handling and disposing of confidential information
Bullet Guide employers through the potential liability pitfalls when confidential information is leaked and representing employers in the event litigation arises from such events

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