Providing employees with e-mail and Internet access has become commonplace — and will likely be indispensable in the next century. As companies and law firms move forward into this new medium, potential liability may follow them in ways they cannot imagine.

Some experts say e-mail abuses will pose a more significant problem in 1999 for employers than the Year 2000 problem. Many employers have reacted by installing filtering and monitoring devices. While this may be right for some, it is not the most important step to take — and it will not work for every company.