Ask the Legal: Can I regulate my employees’ use of personal devices at work?

Yes.  In fact, “Bring Your Own Device” policies are a hot topic right now.  Many employers have social media and internet policies in place that regulate the use of company equipment and use of social media during working hours.  However, employers are just beginning to recognize the need to address employees’ use of personal devices in the workplace.  While there are many benefits to allowing employees to bring their own devices to work and using them for business purposes, employers who choose to allow this must have a policy in place that clearly defines the parameters of such use.  These polices are not standardized. They must be carefully tailored to meet the specific needs of the business.  Employers should consult with their employment counsel for assistance in drafting these policies.

As appeared in:  Pittsburgh Business Times, 4/19/2013

Terri Imbarlina Patak