CA Bill Requires Employee Notification of Email Monitoring

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on August 26, 2004

SB 1841 — an act to add Section 436 to the Labor Code, relating to electronic monitoring of employees, awaits action by Governor Schwarzenegger.

  • From the press release by bill sponsor Senator Debra Bowen: “SB 1841 requires employers to give employees a one-time written notice if they plan to read e-mail, track Internet use, or use other electronic devices to monitor employees on or off the job. The bill requires employers to explain what will be monitored – for example employee e-mail content or location based on a GPS-chipped cell phone or car – but doesn’t require employers to tell employees each time they’re about to read an e-mail or check an employee’s whereabouts.”
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