"National Labor Relations Board Rules That Employers May Not Ban Non-Work Use of Employer-Provided Email"

Reversing a ruling only seven years old, the National Labor Relations Board recently ruled, in Purple Communications Inc., 361 NLRB No. 126 (2014), that an employer violated the National Labor Relations Act by maintaining a policy that prohibits employee use of an employer's email for certain non-work activity. 

This Stroock Special Bulletin examines the Purple Communications Inc. ruling and its implications for employers and employees.