Employers have liability when employees commit crimes using company resources. The liability could also involve personal devices that are used for work. Does your employment policy cover employee owned devices? Employers need to be aware that misuse of company smartphones, computers, networks, and the Internet can leave them at real risk for an employee’s wrongful actions.
Laptop and Smart Phone Security: Employers need to restrict access and storage of customer and employee Non-Public Information on portable devices that leave the office.
“If your company has employees managing its social media you better have a policy that makes it clear when they are “on the clock” and “off the clock” or you could end up in trouble for violating the Fair Labor Standards Act.”
“Employees who read and send work email after hours – particularly using an employer-provided mobile device such as a Blackberry – may end up suing their employer for overtime hours incurred while performing work-related email tasks on the devices, outside of the course of the normal business day.”
Private Sensitive Information
Do You Know Your Cost of a Lost Laptop?: The average value of a lost laptop is $49,246. This value is based on seven cost components: replacement cost, detection, forensics, data breach, lost intellectual property costs, lost productivity and legal, consulting and regulatory expenses.
“Scott Lowe gives tips on how to address various challenges associated with employee-owned devices, including smartphones.”
All employers need to consult an attorney about their policies covering these issues.