I am involved in a lot of meetings and am unable to keep accurate notes. I would like to be able to write accurate meeting minutes.
It is legal to tape conversations in NJ as long as you are a part of that conversation. You cannot tape oral conversations that you are not a participant of. For further information, the law that governs taping of oral or telephone conversations is found in this statute: 2A:156A-1, et seq.
However, please note that your employer may not wish you to tape staff meetings without premission and if your employer finds out about it, then you may risk being fired from your job.
The below is not legal advice but merely general information in regard to tape recording conversations in New Jersey. You should contact an attorney to discuss the specifics of your employment and other factors before making a decision to tape record meetings.
In New Jersey you only need the permission of one party to a conversation in order to tape record it. So, if you are present at the meeting you can tape it. However, under no circumstances should you tape record a meeting to which you are not present for nor should you record a conversation to which you are not a party to.
You should consult an attorney for individual advice regarding your own situation. The use of this website for communications with Arykah Asheley, Esquire, will not establish an attorney-client relationship.
As noted by my colleagues, the recording may be legal, but not approved by your employer unless you are responsible for taking minutes or making a summary of the meeting.
Employers do not appreciate recording of meetings because of the fear trade secrets/strategies may be recorded and passed to a competitor. By all means, as suggested by my colleagues, get the employer's approval.
The foregoing is not intended to be legal advice upon which you may rely as I have not been retained for this purpose.
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