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                  January 20, 2020


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Shortly before Christmas, the National Labor Relations Board reestablished the right of an employer to restrict employee use of its email systems to business use only, provided that it does so on a nondiscriminatory basis. 

In Caesars Entertainment d/b/a/ Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino, the Board overruled  the controversial case of Purple Communications, Inc., and held that employees do not have a statutory right to use employers' email and other information-technology (IT) systems to engage in non-work-related communications, including Section 7 protected, concerted or union activity.
Rather, the Board reestablished that employers have the right to restrict the use of their equipment, including their email and other IT systems to business and work-related use, provided that in doing so, they do not discriminate against union or other protected concerted communications.  Recognizing that employees must have adequate avenues to engage in communications protected by Section 7 of the NLRA, the Board's decision creates an exception for circumstances where the use of employer-provided email is the only reasonable means for employees to communicate with one another on non-working time during the workday. 

If your employee handbook or work rules were revised in 2016 or after to comply with Purple Communications and its liberal email use presumption, you may wish to reconsider returning to a business-use only position in 2020.  Call any Spognardi Baiocchi attorney if you need advice on the pros or cons of the liberal v. business use position. 
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