Cell Phones

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    Suppose an e-mail from your company's in-house attorney instructs you to preserve all documents related to an ex-employee who is threatening to sue the company for wrongful termination. In the days before smartphones and cloud storage, that would have been a relatively limited exercise: Paper documents would be set aside, and files on the company...
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    "Smile — you're on Candid Camera." Originally coined on the eponymous TV show, that catchphrase is becoming a common refrain in the workplace. Anyone with a smartphone can easily record an office conversation in secret. But are such covert recordings legal? And what control, if any, does management have over the right to make such recordings...
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    Bring your own . . . device (BYOD)? A majority of businesses now allow employees to bring their own electronic devices to use at work. With the rapid evolution of technology, this policy has quickly become the go-to standard in most workplaces. However, commingling personal and professional usage, data, and ownership of electronic devices creates...
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    Many employers, especially white-collar and nonindustrial companies, think they are exempt from the requirements of the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) because of the nature of their business. However, the jurisdiction of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which enforces the OSH Act, is broad and overarching....
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    Effective October 1, 2013, Florida became the 41st state to prohibit texting while driving. Let's take a look at what the law covers, its exceptions, and how it will affect your current policies. Prohibitions and exceptions Under the new law, Florida Statutes § 316.305, it's unlawful to manually type, send, or read a text, e-mail, or...
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    Working remotely has never been easier, thanks to the proliferation of mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. Enabling employees to perform work outside the office in addition to their standard work hours can be a boon for productivity, but it carries a legal risk for employers: unexpected claims for overtime pay. Left to their own...
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    As smartphones and tablets become more and more commonplace, employees in Vermont and across the country are asking to integrate their mobile lives by bringing their personal devices to work. This article addresses key legal risks to consider before implementing a "bring your own device" (BYOD) policy at your workplace. Major risks of BYOD and...
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    The line between personal and business use of electronic devices is getting increasingly blurry, especially with the rising popularity of dual-use devices (designed for both work and personal use) like smartphones and tablets. Businesses can benefit from this trend, but you also face new privacy concerns. A recent case in Ohio highlights the risk...
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    The tragic tornado in Granbury and the devastating twisters near Oklahoma City sadly illuminate an issue we hope will never occur but need to be prepared for—namely, being prepared for a disaster. Bad weather isn't limited to tornadoes; earthquakes, massive thunderstorms, and tsunamis are also a threat. And we've just entered hurricane...
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    What happens when a private organization that elects its officers terminates an employee who supported the losing side? Is such a decision valid? A recent case from the federal trial court in Jackson dealt with that issue. Time for an election The Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) is a private organization that represents the interest...
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