What Rights Do Employers Have to Regulate Employees on Their Own Time?

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How are employers monitoring employees during the coronavirus pandemic while many of us are working at home? And is it legal?

Rebecca Rose Woodland, litigator and legal analyst, joined TheStreet to talk about employees' and employers' rights. 

"...It is so common now that you hear of social media monitoring, you hear of moderating of a phone monitoring of a computer. So there are two different situations. We have employees that are at-will and employees that are contract players. So if you're a contract player, you have a contract between yourself and the employer, and you have certain items designated as to the conduct between yourself and the employer. Most people in this country are at-will employees. They go to work, they come home, they could get fired at any time. For reason, they cannot be fired for discriminatory practices and they cannot be fired if for retaliatory practices. So an employer cannot fire them on the basis of sex, religion, or orientation in terms of their gender. What an employer can do though, is to monitor this employee's behavior," said Woodland.

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