Thursday, June 25, 2009

Employees' constitutional rights


It's generally accepted, for good reason, that your employer has the right to monitor your Internet use at work. Many employers provide Internet access to those working in office environments because such access is very useful, but the Internet

can be misused and company time can be stolen. There are also many websites to which the employee could go that are inappropriate in a work setting. As a result, acceptable use policies governing time spent and content viewed using company Internet access are a common component of employee handbooks.

In sensitive environments, other pieces of technology may be restricted. Companies whose work could be compromised by corporate espionage, or those firms engaged in work for the United States government, may forbid the use and even the possession, on company property, of digital cameras, recording devices and wireless phones. Some go so far as to forbid certain applications on wireless phones. Because many phones are today mobile Web browsers

, unscrupulous employees could use them to surf the Internet or access their networking sites instead of working. Company policy may regulate these activities, including when and where employees may have personal wireless phone calls during work hours.


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