Legal Basis For Employer Liability In Connection With The Use Of The Internet By Employees

Recreational Internet surfing not only creates productivity issues, but it can also cause employers plenty of legal problems. For instance, employers might be put at risk of sexual harassment claims or copyright infringement simply because of their employees’ browsing habits. These claims are based on specific legal theories, depending on the “e-risk” involved.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

What are the general legal principles?
What type of liability applies depending on the particular e-risk involved?
What can the employer do?

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