Employee Use of Dual-Purpose Electronic Devices: Legal Challenges for Employers

Protecting Company Interests When Employees Use Personal Smartphones, Tablets and Laptops for Work

Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A

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Conducted on Thursday, September 27, 2012

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Course Materials

This CLE course will provide guidance for employment counsel on policies and procedures to govern employees' use of personal electronic devices for both personal and work purposes. The panel will outline key considerations to protect employer interests and avoid violating employee privacy rights.


The use of employee-owned devices, such as smartphones, tablets and laptops, for both personal and work purposes has become the norm in the workplace. The increased use of dual-purpose devices creates a number of legal risks for employers and employees.

Employers must ensure the security of business information stored on the devices, while employees must take steps to protect their privacy rights when the devices are also used for personal matters.

Employment counsel must guide their employer clients on developing and implementing well crafted policies and procedures to address employee dual-use devices and managing the legal risks arising from the use of such devices inside and outside of the workplace.

Listen as our authoritative panel of employment attorneys discusses the latest trends in employee use of personal mobile devices in the workplace. The panel will explain best practices for developing and implementing a comprehensive usage policy that addresses the employer's security concerns without violating employee privacy rights.



  1. Dual-use devices in the workplace—latest trends
  2. Protecting employer interests
    1. Usage policies
    2. Record keeping and policy enforcement
    3. Malware concerns
    4. Disabling the device
    5. Preparing for security incidents
    6. Issues when employment ends
  3. Employee privacy considerations
    1. Personal information storage
    2. Location tracking by a device with GPS capability
    3. Off-duty social media activity on the dual-use device


The panel will review these and other key questions:

  • What security threats do dual-use electronic devices pose to an employer's interests?
  • How can an employer monitor an employee's use on a device without violating his privacy rights?
  • What steps should an employer take to protect business information stored on an employee's device when the employment ends?
  • What are the key issues that should be addressed in an effective policy governing dual-use devices?

Following the speaker presentations, you'll have an opportunity to get answers to your specific questions during the interactive Q&A.


Philip L. Gordon
Philip L. Gordon

Littler Mendelson

Mr. Gordon is the Chair of the firm's Privacy and Data Protection Practice Group. He has years of experience...  |  Read More

Michael McGuire
Michael McGuire

Littler Mendelson

He advises the Firm's lawyers and their clients on electronic discovery issues, including the preservation, collection,...  |  Read More

Josh B. Kirkpatrick
Josh B. Kirkpatrick

Littler Mendelson

He focuses his practice on employment litigation and counseling. He has represented clients in a wide range of...  |  Read More

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