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Smartphones 'could cause a legal headache'

HR News |  25/08/2009
Smartphones 'could cause a legal headache'Businesses which issue their staff with smartphones could be storing up a legal headache for their HR department, new research has warned.

A study by law firm Peninsula has revealed that people who use devices like Blackberries as part of their jobs end up working an extra 15 hours a week.

Peter Bone, managing director of the company, explained that this means many employees could be breaking European regulations on working hours, something that could land their firm in hot water.

Mr Bone called on HR staff to tackle the problem by educating people about the issue.

He said: "Inform staff that they should limit working from home. If they are happy to work away then ensure they agree to opt out of the maximum working week and have this signed."

Used properly, smartphones can be an excellent tool, but they can lead to burn out if employers end up working constantly, Mr Bone added.

Ensuring staff are happy might be another concern when it comes to not overworking them.

Yesterday, Phil Flaxton, chief executive of Work Wise UK, warned that disgruntled staff will look for a new job as soon as possible.

Posted by Jon Aspinell.


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