3 AVOIDING EMPLOYMENT PROBLEMS

Jeremy Holt

This chapter discusses policies for the use of email and computers by employees and the health and safety requirements with which an employer must comply. Each section ends with an action plan, and the appendix at the end of the chapter contains a specimen computer use policy.

INTRODUCTION

Employees can cause their employers all manner of problems in their use of computers and email. For example:

  • misuse of computer systems can waste staff time and leave businesses (and their management) exposed to claims for discrimination, harassment, defamation or worse;
  • failure to include proper business information in electronic communications can result in criminal liability under the Companies Act;
  • stringent ...

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