Smart Policies for Workplace Technology: Email, Blogs, Cell Phones & More

Smart Policies for Workplace Technology: Email, Blogs, Cell Phones & More

by Lisa Guerin

Other Format(Book with CD-Rom)


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781413309263
Publisher: NOLO
Publication date: 02/28/2009
Edition description: Book with CD-Rom
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 7.02(w) x 8.96(h) x 0.44(d)

About the Author

Lisa Guerin, an editor and author specializing in employment law, is author or co-author of several Nolo books, including The Manager's Legal HandbookDealing with Problem EmployeesThe Essential Guide to Federal Employment LawsWorkplace InvestigationsCreate Your Own Employee Handbook, and Nolo's Guide to California Law. Guerin has practiced employment law in government, public interest, and private practice where she represented clients at all levels of state and federal courts and in agency proceedings. She is a graduate of Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley. Guerin's blog on lessons learned by employers and HR professionals on everything from hiring and firing to performance and discipline can be found at Nolo's Employment Law Blog.

Table of Contents

1 Drafting Effective Technology Policies

Why You Need Technology Policies 7

Creating Your Policies 13

2 Computers and Software

Computers 25

Software 29

Putting It All Together: Sample Computer and Software Use Policy 32

3 Email

Personal Use of Email System 39

Privacy 43

Monitoring 45

Content Rules 47

Viruses and Other Security Threats 52

Retention and Deletion 53

Putting It All Together: Sample Email Policy 57

4 Internet Use

Personal Use of the Internet 66

Prohibited Uses of the Internet 68

Privacy 72

Personal Web-Based Email 74

Putting It All Together: Sample Internet Policy 80

5 Instant Messaging

To IM or Not to IM? 86

Usernames 91

Personal Use of IM 92

Privacy and IM Monitoring 95

Viruses and Security Threats 99

Retention and Deletion 100

Putting It All Together: A Sample Instant Messaging Policy 102

6 Blogs and Beyond: Personal Posting on the Internet

Restrictions on Personal Posting 111

Adopting a Commonsense Policy 116

Putting It All Together: A Sample Blog and Personal Post Policy 121

7 Cell Phones

Company-Owned Phones 128

Personal Cell Phones at Work 131

Safety 133

Wage and Hour Concerns 138

Putting It All Together: Sample Cell Phone Policy 140

8 Portable Computing Devices: PDAs, Laptops, and Beyond

Use Rules 148

Security 151

Driving Safety 156

Wage and Hour Concerns 159

Putting It All Together: Sample Portable Computing Device Policy 161

9 Cameras and Camera Phones

Alternative 1: Banning Cameras 170

Alternative 2: Use Restrictions 173

Putting It All Together: Sample Camera Phone Policy 177


A How to Use theCD-ROM

Installing the Form Files Onto Your Computer 183

Using the Word Processing Files to Create Documents 184

B Acknowledgment Form


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“The potential legal traps facing employers are well articulated in Smart Policies for Workplace Technologies” — Journal of High Technology Law, Suffolk University Law School

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