Did you know that e-mails sent by your employees can be made
public and used against your company in a lawsuit? It happens
every day. In fact, a Supreme Court rule now makes it easier for
litigants to scan millions of your company's e-mails and electronic
documents looking for smoking guns. Also, e-mails are permanent.
They can be recovered even after you hit the delete key.
What can you do to control your e-mail risk?
A customizable online course designed to reduce e-mail
- Detailing the impact that careless e-mails can have on employees and on the organization.
- Explaining that once they send an e-mail they have no control over its retention or distribution.
- Explaining how hitting "delete" does not actually erase an e-mail.
- Providing examples of the consequences of treating workplace e-mails as casual communications.
Arthur impresses an old girlfriend, but not his boss.
This Scenario teaches the importance of maintaining confidentiality
of information, that employees should expect that their workplace
e-mails could be made public and that hitting delete does not erase
Roberta and Felicia learn the hard way how to handle workplace disputes.
This Scenario addresses the problems of using workplace e-mail
for personal arguments, the importance of correctly choosing
recipients of e-mail, and the likelihood that e-mails can be re-
transmitted outside the sender's control.
Joe hides his basketball pool participation from his wife, but not from anyone else.
Reinforces that e-mails should not be used for improper
purposes and information concerning e-mails can be discovered
in many different ways.
Eric is President of LitigationProofing,
LLC. Mr. Rosenberg's risk
management experience draws
upon his 20 years as a litigation
manager at Merrill Lynch, 10 years in
private practice at a major Wall Street
law firm, and years of lecturing on
reducing corporate litigation liability.
Mr. Rosenberg is available to consult
with you about your e-mail policy as
well as your organization's obligations
under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and
corporate prosecution and sentencing
Bob and Allison are the principals of
Interactive Employment Training, Inc.
and employment law litigators. Mr.
Lipman and Ms. Plesur have worked
with electronic discovery issues in
employment law litigation and have
seen firsthand how thoughtless
e-mails have impacted many legal
WINNER HUMAN RESOURCE EXECUTIVE MAGAZINE'S TOP TRAINING PRODUCTS OF 2006
"The program is the first we've seen
addressing such a comprehensive
array of false assumptions about
e-mail that are common in the
workplace, assumptions that can
cause serious trouble for an
employee or company, ranging from
lawsuits to public relations disasters.
Since most employees don't realize
that sending and receiving e-mails
creates permanent records, this
program is an efficient and consistent
way to sensitize them to appropriate
e-mail practices. Employees can also
relate to the realistic scenarios, which
reinforce many do's and don'ts."
Human Resource Executive,
- Encouraging employees to think carefully before sending e-mails
- Explaining how e-mails can come back to either haunt you or help defend you
- Emphasizing the need to keep a professional tone to your organization's e-mail casual communications.
Electronic Discovery is the biggest
development in corporate litigation
in decades. E-mail surveillance
products can now easily scan
millions of e-mails, including their
attachments, to gather ammunition
in a court battle.
You must be aware
that your organization's e-mails
will now likely be reviewed during
It's the question that we ask every
time the media tells us about another
smoking-gun e-mail. It's a question
with a simple answer - e-mails are
sent out every day that could come
back to haunt you and your
The real question is whether your
organization is doing enough to
protect itself from becoming the
next victim of e-mail carelessness.