Many company handbooks contain boilerplate language about the right to monitor employees’ computer use. But while some lawyers say a stated policy is all it takes to eliminate a worker’s rights to privacy, others are challenging the notion that employers have unrestricted access to employee e-mails and text messages in all instances.

Cases involving privacy of workers’ electronic communications have come up in federal court in Connecticut, and the impact of a recent California decision is being noted here as well. “It’s going to become more and more of an issue,” said Milford attorney Russell A. Green of Hurwitz, Sagarin, Slossberg & Knuff.

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