Beachboard, who is a shareholder in the Los Angeles and Torrence, California offices of national employment law firm Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C., shared his model computer usage policy at the SHRM Annual Conference and Exposition held recently in Atlanta, Georgia.
This policy applies to all Company employees, contractors, vendors and agents with Company owned or personally-owned computers or workstations used to connect to the Company network.
Personal use is permitted provided:
All Information Technologies, including the email system, are the property of the Company.
The Company (or its designated representatives) maintains the right and ability, with or without notice to the employee, to access and review any information contained on its Information Technologies, even if protected by private password.
Those individuals using Company’s Information Technologies have no expectation of privacy in connection with the use of such Information Technologies or transmission, receipt, or storage of information through the use of such Information Technologies.
It is possible that personal email sent from the Company’s system can be intercepted on the local system and on the Internet; therefore the user should not expect any degree of privacy regarding email messages of any type, including email messages sent or received through the Company’s email account or through a private web-based email account accessed using the Company’s Information Technologies.
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Professional networking sites such as LinkedIn encourage professional growth and relationship building. Be sure to make it clear to your “audience” that the views you express are yours alone and that they do not necessarily reflect the views of the Company. In addition, avoid disclosing any information that is confidential or proprietary to the Company or to any third party that has disclosed information to the Company.
Any employee who uses the Company’s Information Technologies in an inappropriate manner will be subject to discipline, up to and including discharge.
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