NSW Government proposes e-mail monitoring laws

The NSW Government is set to introduce legislation covering e-mail monitoring in the workplace.

A spokeswoman for NSW Attorney General Bob Debus said details will be presented to Cabinet later this month. The proposals follow a report by the Law Reform Commission.

Under the plan, employers will be able to monitor employee e-mails provided written permission is received as well as 14 days notice given. For new employees it will be a workplace condition. For covert surveillance where the employer suspects an employee is engaging in illegal activity or serious misconduct, authorisation will be required from the Industrial Relations Commission.

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