Arnstein & Lehr LLP attorney Paul Starkman writes for Inside Counsel on the benefits and pitfalls to employers of smart phones and new technologies

Paul E. Starkman

Paul E. Starkman

Chicago Partner Paul E. Starkman authored an article titled “New Technologies can Present Legal and Business Risks” in the November 15 issue of Inside Counsel. In it, Paul looks at the benefits employers reap in terms of improved customer relations, expedited work flow and enhanced bottom lines when employees use personal and company-owned smart phones to call, text, e-mail and tweet with clients, co-workers, suppliers and the public. He also discusses how they present employers with some major compliance risks, whether the smart phones are company-owned or personally purchased by employees and include the legal liabilities that can arise when managers improperly try to determine whether employees are using smart phones for work purposes; employers fail to pay employees for time spent on smart phones; smart phone usage compromises corporate data security; and, employees use smart phones to post messages on social media sites that disparage company products, harass co-workers and/or injure corporate brands.

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To read Paul’s article, please click here.

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