Yes, a well written Email Disclaimer will protect the sender from a number of things including potential legal action.
The main purpose of an email disclaimer is to protect the sender or the sender’s company from unintended consequences of an email being sent in error. This may include protecting any confidentiality of the content, use of or reliance on the information contained in the email.
A disclaimer may protect the sender or even the company that the sender works for, in a number of instances. For example, an employee may send an email which does not necessarily represent the views of the company but is only representative of the employee’s view yet the inclusion of an email disclaimer may protect the company against claims for this email content.
A second example where a disclaimer may provide protection is in the instance where an email containing an offer, is sent accidentally to an unintended party. This disclaimer may protect a person or company from unintentionally entering into a contract. A potential problematic example of this is sending a job offer in an email accidentally to the wrong person or candidate. Both an employee misrepresenting an employer’s wishes and accidentally entering into a contract by such offer via email can occur together in one email.
Another Email Disclaimer example …
The final example is an email sent in error which contains confidential and sensitive company information. In this instance, an email disclaimer may protect this information from being used by the unintended recipient and may, at minimum, dissuade them from using the information to their advantage or even to the company’s disadvantage.
With emails becoming the norm for communication for everyone these days but in particular for company communication, it is advisable for companies of all sizes to adopt some form of an email disclaimer as a best business practice to manage their risk. It is an essential part of doing business and will help minimize risk to both the sender and the company. It helps protect email communications as well as the sender and company from misuse of information contained in any email whether sent in error or otherwise.