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Personal Devices in the Workplace Policy – What Employees and Employers Need To Consider

Personal Devices in the Workplace Policy – What Employees and Employers Need To Consider

New potential for disaster in workplace employment law is BYOD (bring your own device).

The number of individuals owning and using personal mobile devices continues to skyrocket. Employers can no longer simply bury their head in the sand to this phenomenon. Instead they should address this issue head-on by either creating a Bring Your Own Device (“BYOD”) policy, or a policy prohibiting the use of personal devices in the workplace. In doing so, employers need to analyze many legal and security issues regarding their employees bringing and using personal devices in the workplace.

Employees too should consider whether they truly want to use personal devices for work purposes and the loss of privacy and other ramifications for doing so.

In my latest post for Maximize Social Business titled “Workplace BYOD Policy: One Size Does Not Fit All” I analyze many of the pros and cons and other issues regarding the use of personal devices in the workplace. What position has your employer taken on the personal devices in the workplace policy (BYOD) trend? If your employer has not addressed this issue head on, do you use your own device for any work-related purposes (like checking work email)?

Employers Beware: The New NLRB is Coming!

Employers Beware: The New NLRB is Coming!

The new NLRB is coming. Learn more about employment law and ways to deal with workplace issues.

For the first time in about a decade, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) will be at full capacity. Even under turmoil for 2012, the board was active in dealing with workplace issues for unionized and non-unionized employers.

These issues included social media policies and practices, at-will provisions, confidentiality during investigations and “Facebook firings.”

In my August 2013 article for Maximize Social Business, I examine the recent history, the current status of the NLRB, and what employers should do to gear up for a newly formed NLRB. My article is titled: “4 Tips for Employers to Prepare for the New NLRB“.

Why Having Too Many Facebook “Friends” Is a Bad Idea

Why Having Too Many Facebook “Friends” Is a Bad Idea

Read my posts on Social Media and Employment Law on Maximize Social Business.

If you have been following my posts and my firm, you know that I have been a monthly contributor regarding Social Media and Employment Law to the widely recognized social media community at Windmill Networking. In June 2013, Windmill Networking became Maximize Social Business and one of the primary focuses remains to become your virtual boardroom for every social media problem, issue or question that you might have. I encourage you to subscribe to Maximize Social Business and read the daily posts regarding almost any issue having to do with social media. And, please let me know if there is particular “social media and the workplace” issue that you would like me to blog about in an upcoming month.

In my July 2013 post tiled “Social Media in the Workplace: 5 Reasons To Not Friend Coworkers” I address some of the questions and issues I receive regarding the “to friend or not to friend” question that employees, supervisors, and co-workers face, and I offer five reasons against becoming Facebook “friends” with work colleagues. Let me know if you have strong arguments to the contrary.

Off-Color Jokes Get Two People Fired

Off-Color Jokes Get Two People Fired

HR Law: Do you know what mistakes got these people fired?

A woman is attending a general session at a conference. The audience is predominantly male. The woman hears two men sitting behind her make jokes about “big dongles” and “forking the repo.” Woman snaps a photo of the two men with her smartphone camera, posts that picture on her Twitter account (approximately 14,000 followers), and says: “Not cool. Jokes about forking repos in a sexual way and ‘big’ dongles. Right behind me.”

Eventually, two people are fired by their employers. And one of them is probably not who you think.

In my April post titled: “Lessons About Forking and Big Dongle Jokes” I make some legal sense about this real-life situation that has caught the attention of employees, employers, hackers, and even Anonymous. You can also catch-up and read all my other posts about Social Media and Employment Law at Windmill Networking (Now MaximizeSocialBusiness.com).

Yahoo!, Telecommuting and March Madness in the Workplace

UPDATED: March 11, 2013: For the second consecutive time, my article for Windmill Networking (MaximizeSocialBusiness) has been highlighted in, and chosen as one of the top Blog posts by CommPRO.biz. Please see the March 8, 2013 Daily Headlines and Features by CommPRO.biz Last month, my article titled “Social Media in the Workplace: Hoaxes, Lies and a President’s Unconstitutional Behavior” was chosen as one of the top Blog Posts by, and highlighted in, the February 8, 2013 Daily Headlines and Features by CommPRO.biz

ORIGINAL MESSAGE: March 8, 2013: Yahoo! recently announced the end of telecommuting for its workforce. Yahoo!’s change in policy has spurred many discussions about the advantages and disadvantages of telecommuting. And, for the majority of employers who permit telecommuting, it is critical that they have clear and comprehensive policies in place to address the many issues of a telecommuting workforce. In my March 2013 post for Windmill Networking (now MaximizeSocialBusiness.com), I examine some of these issues. In addition, I revisit the many issues employers and employees face during the season of March Madness. See my article titled: “Social Media and Employment Law: March Madness (and Yahoo!/Telecommuting) Causes Craziness in the Workplace“.