Smartphones, Tablets, and Other Devices in the Workplace



  • Available Until 6/3/2022
  • Next Class Time 1:00 PM ET
  • Duration 60 min.
  • Format MP3 Download
  • Program Code 06032019
  • Activity Code:   212887
  • MCLE Credits 1 hour(s)

Course Price: $75.00


Most employees carry with them powerful computing devices – smartphone and tablets – that they use for mixed personal and professional use.  These devices can enhance or hinder productivity. The powerful communications capabilities of these devices enable a range of activity which potentially exposes employers to liability.  Every day employers struggle with crafting policies that allow employees autonomy to use their devise, even channel them to productive work use.  This program will provide you with a practical guide to employer liability for employee use of smart devices in the workplace and best practices to limit liability. 

  • Drafting essential elements of employee handbooks
  • Ensuring handbooks are not enforceable contracts and are subject to change by employers
  • Compliance with Equal Employment Opportunity laws, including the ADA, FMLA and others
  • Prohibition of discrimination, harassment, and other unlawful conduct – including drugs in the workplace
  • Defining workplace policies for personal smartphones, tablets, and other devices
  • Time off, leave of absence, and discipline and dismissal procedures


Julie Lal is an attorney in the San Francisco office of Paul Hastings, LLP, where she represents employers in all aspects of employment law.  She has substantial experience defending clients in individual and class action claims involving harassment, discrimination, and other wage and hour claims.  She also has an active preventive practice, counseling clients about best practices to avoid workplace liability.  Before entering private practice, she served as a judicial extern to Justice Carlos Moreno of the California Supreme Court.  Ms. Lal earned her B.A.,cum laude, from the University of California, Berkeley and her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, Boalt Hall.