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Private emails at work - the latest twist “Furtive” is how many employers feel when they look at the private emails of a staff member who is the subject of a disciplinary investigation. The reason is the tension between an employer’s wish to check on what their employees are doing, and what those employees regard as their right to privacy,  even when using a work-related email account for private messaging. This tension was illustrated by the recent case of - Barbulescu v Romania...

Employers don’t like harassment claims. The first reason is that employers expect that a tribunal will usually prefer the perception and injured feelings of a claimant over an objective analysis by an employer.  So employers feel that the chips are stacked against them.  However a recent case has shown again that this expectation isn’t necessarily so, and that the context of any alleged harassment matters.  This will be welcome news for employers and should be a warning to speculative claimants. The second...