Keeping Staff Members Mum About Family Secrets
Commentary and Checklist
A comedian claims to have emails that Sarah Jessica Parker sent to her household staff containing very specific instructions for how staff should perform their duties.
For example, one email instructs staff to refill a tiny 1.75-ounce container of Vaseline with a small spoon or knife and then hand wash the utensil using a paper towel before putting it in the dishwasher. Another has instructions for how hard Ms. Parker's twin daughters should blink when staff administers their eye drops.
The comedian read the allegedly real emails aloud during her comedy routine. Jessica Gibb "Sarah Jessica Parker has some very diva demands for her household staff as comedian claims to have the emails," mirror.co.uk (Oct. 13, 2017).
- All private family and family business information, communications, photographs, videos, and electronic communications should not be shared with a third party.
- Before divulging family information, the staff member must obtain written and signed authorization from the employer beforehand, specifying the information.
- Although privacy is the interest family employers wish to protect, have legal counsel couch the prohibition, for example, as one against misappropriation of photos, videos, etc. on the joint basis that these photos and videos should be protected for their commercial economic value and privacy value.
- Violation of the agreement will lead to disciplinary action. Depending on the severity of the breach, consequences could include a civil lawsuit or criminal prosecution.
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