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Employer calls you at home to discuss work-related issues, can you record it?(CA)

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I have a very unethical supervisor who lies through her teeth and later says she can't remember saying such a thing. She sometimes calls me at home to discuss work-related matters.

Can I inform her that I will be recording our phone conversations in the future and do so? Does she have to consent or do I just have to inform her that I'm doing it? Can I also include this as part of my answering machine ie, "Thank you for calling. If you are calling from XYZ, please be informed that all phone conversations will be recorded."

If I cannot do this, how else would I hold her to her word?

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    • What purpose would recording it serve? Even if you can prove she is lying it doesn't change anything. Lying in this case would not be illegal. All you are going to do is tick her off. How about not taking her calls when you are off duty. Simply do not answer the phone if your work calls.
      #1; Tue, 14 Mar 2006 21:36:00 GMT
    • The majority of my correspondence is via email except for quarterly meetings. I prefer email because I get everything in writing, but sometimes I get calls at home on my days off, when my computer is not on.


      #2; Tue, 14 Mar 2006 16:53:00 GMT
    • You may want to try a similar approach and say: "Why don't you email me that question and I'll get back to you when I'm working". ;) Otherwise, you can always get caller ID and/or have her call your cell since most have caller ID and just let her go to voicemail.
      #3; Tue, 14 Mar 2006 21:33:00 GMT
    • Why do you answer her questions while at home? One approach may be to simply say: "That's a good question that I'll be happy to address when I return to work, so unless there's something else you needed, I'll see you when I return." Be very matter-of-factly, and if she pushes just repeat yourself and tell her that while you are off the clock you not required to work (unless you are an exempt employee)

      That will set the tone about your expectations. Saying that you will record her will only cause her to be more unscrupulous.

      Best wishes.

      #4; Tue, 14 Mar 2006 16:01:00 GMT