44Write an E-Mail Policy

A well-written and seriously enforced e-mail policy can help you reduce the risk of litigation. By informing your staff of what is permissible to communicate via e-mail and what is not, you reduce the chances of becoming one of the 24 percent of employers who have had their e-mail messages subpoenaed by courts and regulators. Your legal advisors, especially those who specialize in electronic communications, are the final authority on drafting an e-mail policy that is right for your organization. However, you can begin the process by thinking about the following questions:

• What are the acceptable uses of e-mail within your organization as they relate to:

Communicating with clients.

Communicating with other employees. ...

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