Believe it or not, an employer's right to monitor personal telephone conversations is limited by federal law.
Unlike most types of electronic communications, the ECPA or Electronica Communications Privacy ACT prohibits employers from listeneing to employees personal telephone conversations or voicemail messages in the workplace! This applies to calls made or received on a work telephone or on an employee's personal cell phone.
Employer's are liable under the ECPA if he or she deletes or prevents an employee’s access to voicemail messages. However, the ECPA does not prohibit an employer from limiting an employee’s personal telephone conversations at work, such as requiring that employees make personal telephone calls during breaks and lunch hours.
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