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Technology and Privacy in the Workplace, Tonight on 'The American Law Journal'

April 26, 2010

The Legal Intelligencer

Sexting, texting and your e-mail, How much does the boss have a right to know? Probably more than most employees realize.

Tonight at 7 on WFMZ-TV 69, The American Law Journal" broadcasts "Sexting, Texting, E-Mail and More … Electronic Communication and Privacy at the Workplace" with corporate defense counsel Anthony Haller of Blank Rome, plaintiffs attorney Amy Rosenberger of Willig Williams & Davidson and former Court of Common Pleas Judge Gene Cohen, a partner at Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads. An American Management Association representative is expected to join a panel that looks at the emergence of one of the most critical issues at the workplace: What expectation of privacy does an individual have, on or off the job?  

Two high court cases have placed this issue front and center. The U.S. Supreme Court has heard arguments and will shortly render a decision in City of Ontario v. Quon, where a California city may have violated a public employee's rights by reading sexually explicit text messages on an electronic device owned by the police department. New Jersey's state Supreme Court recently ruled in Stengart v. Loving Care Agency Inc. that an employee could "reasonably expect that e-mail communications with her lawyer to her personal Yahoo account would remain private, and that sending and receiving them via a company laptop did not eliminate the attorney-client privilege that protected them."

The program will also examine the monitoring of employee on- and off-duty conduct, the impact of personal entries on social media and how some companies may now be compelled to rewrite their e-mail and texting policies.

"The American Law Journal" broadcasts prime-time to the Philadelphia metro and tri-state region on Monday nights in its longtime studio setting on CNN-news affiliate WFMZ-TV. Typically the program can be seen on Comcast Channel 55 or 59 in Center City Philadelphia and Comcast Channel 15 in the suburbs. Verizon FIOS subscribers in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware may also view the program on Channel 15.

Downloads of the program are available by request from info@lawjournaltv.com while the program's website is under construction. For more information, go to www.LawJournalTV.com.

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