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Ignore privacy protests: You can review detailed call records from company cell phones


Steelcase Inc. gave employee Patrick Morrissey two cell phones: one for business and one for personal use. Both billing statements went to his boss because Steelcase paid both bills. But the boss confronted Morrissey when he reviewed the bills and noticed Morrissey had made personal calls on company time …

Managing employee privacy: 6 steps to protect employer rights


For more than a decade, Minnesota courts have recognized a person’s right to privacy. Most employers are aware that this right extends to the workplace, but many still run into potential employee-privacy trouble. But with some upfront planning and consideration, HR professionals can help their organizations avoid privacy pitfalls and still protect their interests.

Does it do any good to include a confidentiality notice on our e-mails?


Q. My company is considering adding a confidentiality notice to our e-mail messages to cover situations in which an unintended person receives our company e-mail. Does this provide any protection?

Set up correspondence log tracking all incoming mail, faxes and e-mails


It’s common sense: You can retaliate only if you know about whatever it is you are supposedly retaliating against. If you can show you never knew an employee was engaged in an alleged protected activity, it becomes impossible for an employee
to win a retaliation claim.

IRS, DOL release guidance on new COBRA rules


The IRS and the U.S. Department of Labor have just published guidance to help employers claim the credit for the new 65% COBRA subsidy and create the mandatory new COBRA notices. Look here for links to the documents and information you need to comply.

Switching payroll vendors? Have a Plan B


Here’s a cautionary tale to consider if you’re planning to upgrade your time card to a high-tech electronic system.

What should we do in light of California’s new no-texting-while-driving law?


Q. How does the new California law making it illegal to send and read text messages while driving affect employers?

When employees leave, so does company data


More than half of employees who lost or left their jobs in 2008 took company data with them, according to a study conducted by Ponemon Institute and cyber-security software maker Symantec. A shocking 59% of respondents claimed they had copied or e-mailed company data.

Communication Corner: March ’09


Halt interruptions by giving your office a makeover … If it’s important, re-re-repeat it … Follolw these 5 steps to becoming a better conversationalist … Help employees prioritize their tasks … Make a good impression with the "Rule of 12/12/12."

Warn everyone on staff: E-mail isn’t ‘private’


Are you looking for a way to discourage employees from using the company e-mail system to send personal messages and curtail circulation of potentially harassing or discriminatory communication? Then tell them about the case involving Henry T. Nicholas III, the embattled co-founder of Broadcom.