BY AMY G. McANDREW
Despite rising energy costs and flat wage growth, U.S. employees’ productivity is higher than ever. Chalk up much of that productivity growth to how well employees use modern information technology.
But before you hand out cell phones, laptops and BlackBerrys to everyone on staff, understand that such tech tools may expose your organization to legal liability. Two legal minefields are particularly worrisome: liability for inappropriate use of cell phones and liability for wage-and-hour violations when employees log on to do work after hours.
Eyes on road, hands on wheel
Many of your employees probably use cell phones—either their own or phones you supply—for work-related calls. That’s usually no problem—unless they’re driving while talking or texting.
Accidents caused by employees using cell phones while driving have made for sensational headlines:
- In 2008, International Paper Co. agre...(register to read more)
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