It may not be a knife or a gun, but a computer is often a choice weapon when an employee decides to commit a crime. Employers that do not have—or consistently enforce—a computer-use policy may face unintended liability.
Case in point: Illegal downloads
A Jacksonville Methodist minister had a private office at his church, and he held two of the three keys to the door. The church administrator carried the other one. No one could enter the office without the minister’s permission, and even the church administrator had only limited access to the office. The church provided the minister with a computer for his pastoral duties. It was not networked to any other church computer.
One day, the church’s Internet service provider called with news that the church’s Internet protocol address had been linked to some outgoing spam. The minister was out of town, so the administrator entered the office, logged on and ran a scan usin...(register to read more)
- How to Fire an Employee the Legal Way: 6 Termination Guidelines
- 14 Tips on Business Etiquette
- Does the NLRA apply to nonunion employers?
- Are employees obligated to keep wages and salaries confidential?
- Building supplier settles bias case for $495,000
- Courts will understand: Feel free to punish differently for misconduct that appears similar