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The employee's home phone, or the one the employee uses in the office?
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Paul Clapham wrote:The employee's home phone, or the one the employee uses in the office?
Office landline phone.
Here is the situation, I call developers, client etc. through this phone. but my employer has setup the phone n/w in such a way that when I receive calls it rings at two places to my phone and his desk phone.
In English law, which applies with relatively slight changes in the States, too, what an employee does using the employer's facilities, the employer does. And the employer is entitled to know what he is doing (if you can use the word "he" for a company). So a company can monitor e-mails on their computers, prevent access to certain types of website, or record phone calls. In this country (UK) that is obviously what it means when you phone a company and a recorded voice says, "Calls may be recorded for training purposes."
If they find you have been downloading porn or phoning chat lines, they can dismiss you for that sort of thing.
Ernest Friedman-Hill wrote:Yes, it's absolutely legal for your employer to listen in on your calls. If the calls are being recorded, the person on the other end must be notified, by law.
Really? but other two parties can not talk comfortably if someone is listening.
What kind of "talks" you want to carry out that you are so conscious of the employer listening to ?
Is'nt this almost like a conference call with 3 people in it, except that the boss seldom talks ! We have calls with 5-6 parties in them. What is the big deal. This is not phone tapping.
You know what I am saying ?
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Bear Bibeault wrote:Then don't use your office phone for personal calls. If they are business-related calls, you shouldn't be saying anything that the employer shouldn't hear.
You are answering technically here. I am saying when you know that somebody is listening to you , you do not feel comfortable. I guess it is general human tendency.
and I have never mentioned about personal calls.
Saurabh Pillai wrote:I am saying when you know that somebody is listening to you , you do not feel comfortable.
Be that as it may, you need to overcome this so that you can conduct business in a way as if everyone whose business it might be might be listening in. If you happen to say something as if that were not the case, the other side might choose to take it to your boss straight away anyway.
Saurabh, even if it is not legal..what do you do when they do it? In the company, 'everything you say can and will be used against you'. So never say or write anything that will get you in trouble if your teamlead might read it. I have been there and done that. You have no foot to stand on, you always lose. Remember they can afford more expensive lawyers and have experience in this stuff you don't.
(By the way, this is also why I never really feel free during office hours. You can always be watched. You always have to be vigilant.)