On October 3, 2013, Susan Kruger was a presenter at MadWolf Technology's Lunch & Learn session on risks inherent in policies that require employees to bring their own mobile devices to work.
Employees are increasingly using their personal devices for work. If your employer allows you to bring your cell phone, laptop or tablet to work, you may be required to sign a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy. Such policies may require you to use a strong password on your device, notify the company immediately if your device is lost or stolen and turn over your device at the end of your employment so that your employer can wipe the device of any employer confidential information. When your employer wipes your device, it may gain access your personal information. Your employer may also be able to use your device to track your location. Your employer should tell you in advance when it may be accessing your personal information on the device.
Your employer's antidiscrimination and anti-harassment policies may apply to the device so you should never use your device to transmit offensive material or harass others.
If you are not exempt from state or federal overtime pay requirements, you should find out what your employer's policy is regarding off the clock work such as responding to emails after work hours.
If you have questions about your employer's BYOD policy, contact the employment lawyers at Alan Lescht & Associates, P.C.