Effective May 7, 2022, all employers in New York, regardless of company size, must provide new employees with written notice of their intention to monitor e-mail, Internet usage, and employee access.
New employees must be notified in writing if the Company intends to intercept or monitor their calls, emails, or Internet usage from any electronic device or system at any time and by lawful means.
This notice, in paper or electronic form, must be confirmed in writing or electronically by the concerned new tenant. This notice must also be displayed by employers where it is clearly visible to all audited employees. In this sense, the bill was converted into law.
However, the law does not apply to processes designed to monitor the nature or quantity of email messages received or sent, voicemail, or Internet usage. It is not intended to monitor or intercept the activities of any particular person or person. The law only applies to the maintenance and security of computer systems.
Any violation of law by first-time employers will result in a fine of up to $500. Each repeat will result in a fine of $1,000. A third violation will be fined $3,000. Any violation after the third will result in the same fine.