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"Lawyers say pitfalls remain for BYOD in the workplace"

Charleston Regional Business Journal

February 19, 2014

On February 18th in Charleston, Nexsen Pruet's Employment and Labor Law Group hosted a breakfast briefing entitled "Smart Phones at Work – Smart Idea?"

Following the event, The Charleston Regional Business Journal featured the headline “Lawyers say pitfalls remain for BYOD in the workplace.” An excerpt of Ashley Barker's report on this critical business issue:

Around 80% of smartphones and 67% of tablets used for work are employee-owned, according to a 2012 survey by McKinsey & Company Inc.

The trend known as “bring your own device” is forcing employees to pay for devices and data connectivity service instead of the employer. While there can be potential benefits to the trend, new and specific policies should be put into place, according to attorney Cherie Blackburn with Nexsen Pruet....

“In this day in age, if you don’t have some type of agreement — representation from that employee that they’re not going to take with them trade secrets when they leave — it’s almost like the court was saying ‘You’re so far behind, we don’t have any sympathy for you.’ ”

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from The Charelston Regional Business Report.

Nexsen Pruet's Employment and Labor Law Group is hosting additional breakfast briefings over the next few weeks.  Learn more about the events in Greenville (SC), Raleigh, Hilton Head, Greensboro and Myrtle Beach.