Your Updated Employee Manual: Amending Your Company’s Policies to Reflect Changing Times

December 19, 2011

Adam J. Basch, Esq. and Christine Pilch Mancini

Everybody recognizes that technology is rapidly changing the workplace. Most employees have access to the Internet during business hours from their work computers, and even those who don’t likely have a smartphone in their pocket that can connect them to the Internet just as easily. In order for an employee handbook to be effective, it must take the above into account. Evolving technology complicates employer and employee expectations, so a company’s employee handbook must change to reflect the times. This is the best way to assure that your employees feel respected and valued while protecting your business from threats that accompany technological and communication advances.

Cell-phone Policy

Not too long ago, an employer had little need of a cell-phone-use policy. However, now that most everybody carries one, it is necessary to incorporate such a policy into your employee manual to ensure that your employees spend a minimum amount of work time on personal calls and reduce your potential liability for improper use. For example, an employee who distributes child pornography via his company-owned cell phone may expose your company to legal consequences. It is also important to document in your handbook that employees should have no expectation of privacy for their voicemail and texts from a company-owned cell phone. …

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by: Adam J. Basch

December 19, 2011

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