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California Ruling's Impact on BYOD

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In partnership with TEMIA, Valicom releases ‘Understanding How Cochran v. Schwan’s Home Services Impacts BYOD‘. The white paper discusses rulings from the State of California, defining how an employer reimburses employees for required uses of personal devices.

The decision has attracted controversy and created anxiety regarding its direct bearing on and implications for Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies.

White Paper at a Glance:

The Court of Appeal of the State of California, Second Appellate District, ruled in the lawsuit Cochran v. Schwan’s Home Service on the question of whether an employer must reimburse employees for required uses of personal devices

The court found that to comply with the California Labor Code, “the employer must pay some reasonable percentage of the employee’s cell phone bill.”

California-based employers must comply with the ruling. Businesses must also make sense not only of the direct ruling but of various ambiguities raised by the ruling

A clear understanding of the ruling’s impact on a business is necessary for businesses to gain as satisfactory compliance will rely on it

The ruling should be viewed as an opportunity for companies to take greater albeit compliant advantage of BYOD as a strategic competitive differentiator

Look to Valicom for technology solutions that can be incorporated into new, well-defined and ruling-compliant BYOD business strategies.


Read the full white paper here: http://www.valicomcorp.com/Knowledge/whitepapers.aspx

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California Ruling's Impact on BYOD

  1. 1. California Ruling’s Impact on BYOD
  2. 2. In partnership with
  3. 3. Cochran v. Schwan’s Home Services On August 12, 2014 the California Court of Appeals ruled in a lawsuit on the question of whether an employer must reimburse employees for required uses of personal devices.
  4. 4. The decision has attracted controversy and created anxiety about it’s implications for Bring Your Own Device (BYOD).
  5. 5. In some ways, the decision has created more grey area than ever.
  6. 6. Questions • What if the employee has an unlimited calling or data plan? • What if the employee is on a family plan, or is not paying the bill? • How will the employee prove and submit work-related usage of the device?
  7. 7. What it means for BYOD
  8. 8. What it means for BYOD • This ruling does not mean the end of BYOD. • Rather, a focused eye on tracking and reporting usage through mobile device management. • Companies need stronger, end-to-end BYOD policies. • We forecast a transition to ‘stipend’ approach, with tiered reimbursement for levels of required usage.
  9. 9. Stipend Approach
  10. 10. Stipend Approach We are seeing a transition to a stipend approach. • Occasional Travelers: $40/ mo • Road Warriors: $100 / mo Biggest Benefit: Alleviates paperwork and privacy issues around obtaining and reviewing personal cellular bills.
  11. 11. Conclusion • California ruling may have a national impact on the implementation and legal considerations of BYOD. • BYOD may or may not be the answer for your organization. • Arm yourself with the right option for your business size and structure. Valicom can help.
  12. 12. Contact Us! Ellie Humphrey Jeff Poirior ehumphrey@valicomcorp.com jpoirior@valicomcorp.com 608.227.0619 608.287-4021 Website: www.valicomcorp.com Blog: blog.valicomcorp.com

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