As many employees continue to work from home, some employers are taking steps to ensure workers have access to a certain level of internet performance and security. Many workplaces have been using bandwidth-guzzling services like video calls and online file sharing. This may result in increased internet cost for employees, and increased cybersecurity considerations for employers. An employer will often be within their rights to ensure certain internet requirements for remote employees, especially that of obtaining internet with an appropriate level of service and security. What the appropriate level of internet requirements for remote employees is in terms of service and security will depend on the nature of the work being performed.
Employers will generally be able to require that employees are able to work effectively from home and pay for their own internet. However, the more particular an employers’ demands are for internet requirements for remote employees for service and security, the more likely that the employer would be responsible for providing those services, rather than passing that responsibility onto employees.
In order to minimize work-from-home security concerns, employers may wish to introduce workplace policies targeted at things like cybersecurity, confidentiality, and proper use of company equipment. Proper workplace policies allow for more effective workplaces and avoids misunderstandings.
These policies should address internet requirements for remote employees such as:
- Internet security settings for employees using Wi-Fi in their homes, or public places like hotels or coffee shops
- Data back-up and record keeping
- When, where, and how company equipment can be used
- Employee training for online scams and phishing emails
- Confidentiality requirements for company and client documents
As many employees continue to work from home, these types of considerations have become more relevant. Employers should take proactive steps to ensure that their data and interests are protected. To better understand your workplace rights during these unprecedented times, we encourage employees and employers to seek legal advice. We at Whitten & Lublin are happy to provide insight and advice into your specific circumstances. If you are looking for employment lawyers and would like more information about what Whitten & Lublin can do for you, please contact us online or by phone at (416) 640-2667 today.
Author: Rachel Patten