OP-ED: A Checklist for an Effective BYOD Policy
Fallon Niedrist’s article “OP-ED: A Checklist for an Effective BYOD Policy,” was featured in DJC Oregon on November 20, 2015.
“Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) workplace policies can offer a lot of benefits to both employees and employers. Employees get the satisfaction of using their preferred device and not having to carry both a personal and work-issued device, and employers can enjoy the benefit of shifting costs to employees.
However, a recent survey shows that the BYOD trend has waned. Even compared to two years ago, more employers are providing employees with devices and banning the use of personal devices for work. This trend is likely the result of employers weighing the risks of employees using their own devices for work – including security breaches, electronic discovery problems, and even wage and hour liability – and coming down against BYOD.
However, with a strong policy in place, an employer can mitigate the associated risks while still maintaining the benefits of employees supplying their own devices.
In the article, Fallon provides employers with a practical checklist of key issues to consider when implementing a BYOD policy.
- Informed consent
- Information privacy laws
- Trade secrets and confidential information
- Consideration of who can use devices
- Permitted and prohibited devices and software
- Employee responsibilities
- Employee consent to security practices
To read the full article, please visit the DJC Oregon.