Managing a Mobile Workforce: Key Employment Law Considerations

24th Annual All Hands Meeting 2012

12/06/2012 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Employment + Labor

Santa Clara Convention Center
5001 Great America Parkway
Santa Clara, CA 95054

Tom E. WilsonChristine E. Lyon, and Karen J. Kubin

Karen J. KubinChristine E. Lyon, and Tom E. Wilson

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Mobile devices allow employees to get work done nearly anywhere, from home to the airport to the neighborhood coffee shop offering free WiFi. This flexibility can benefit both employees and employers, but it presents unique risks that employers may not have fully considered. Our panel will discuss employment law challenges that can arise in managing today’s mobile workforce, and will provide practical tips to help you address these legal and business risks.

Topics include:

  • Wage and hour issues. What are the wage and hour “gotchas” arising from a mobile workforce? What can an employer do to reduce its chances of being a defendant in a wage and hour class action?
  • Employee privacy and data security. How does the growing use of social media, cloud computing, smartphones and other mobile and wireless devices affect an employer’s existing policies and procedures? What safeguards should be implemented before allowing employees to use their personally-owned mobile devices for work purposes? What laws may restrict an employer’s ability to monitor employees outside of the workplace?
  • Trade secrets and restrictive covenants. What steps can you take to prevent the copying, emailing, or printing of valuable secrets? To what extent can a post by an employee post on a social media site jeopardize the trade secret status of your company information? When is “friending” solicitation? What litigation strategies can you use if your trade secrets are disclosed?

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