Employees online? Take a byte out of your liability

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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)

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