AMOROUS emails could land office Romeos and Juliets in court. UK companies are cracking down on staff who send libellous or sexually explicit messages on their employers' email systems, by implementing tough guidelines. Fox Williams partner Jane Mann says: “Companies are drawing up codes because without them, their chances of escaping prosecution for wrongfully dismissing guilty staff are slim.” Osborne Clarke partner Christopher Southam says he draws up internet policies for companies that ban sexual banter, which could include the use of the word “darling”. However, John Wadham, director of human rights organisation Liberty, warns that companies which monitor emails risk threatening workers' rights to privacy.

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