No employer wants to explain to a court why jokes like "Why beer is better than women" are bouncing around the company e-mail system. But that's the position more companies are finding themselves in: defending themselves against a hostile work environment claim with no company policy to fall back on.
As computers become more common at work, they're also extending their reach into new corners of employment law. E-mail and the Internet have made it easier for workers to fire off harassing remarks, and harder for you to police them.
Write policy now
As a result, any company with a PC and a modem needs an information security policy that addresses at least these five basic issues:
- Ownership: Notify workers that the company owns the hardware and software.
- Legal restrictions: Employees must follow all copyright, decency and bias laws relating to the Internet and e-mail.
- Monitoring: Eliminate any expectation of ...(register to read more)
- How to Fire an Employee the Legal Way: 6 Termination Guidelines
- 10 Secrets to an Effective Performance Review
- Don't stop at religious accommodation; end harassment, too
- Punctuality isn't 'essential' for all jobs
- Warn about personal liability when conducting discrimination training
- Is that harassment—Or just a personality clash?