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Thursday, June 17, 2021

New NYS Bill Requires Employers to Provide Notice to Employees of Electronic Monitoring

New legislation, which passed the NYS Senate and Assembly on June 9, 2021 and is awaiting signature by Governor Cuomo, will require employers who monitor employees' e-mail or internet usage on any electronic device (e.g. phone or computer) to provide notice of such monitoring to all employees.

The notice must be in writing (acknowledged by the employee), provided to all employees upon hiring and posted in the workplace. 

The bill further provides that the notice must contain the following:

"An employee shall be advised that any and all telephone conversations or transmissions, electronic mail or transmissions, or internet access or usage by an employee by any electronic device or system, including but not limited to the use of a computer, telephone, wire, radio or electromagnetic, photoelectronic or photo-optical systems may be subject to monitoring at any and all times and by any lawful means." 

Employers who fail to provide the required notice are subject to fines of between $500- $3,000 per offense. 

The bill is effective 180 days after Governor Cuomo signs the bill into law.