If you’ve been considering a “bring your own device” (BYOD) policy for your company – or already have one in place – you may have been caught off guard by the recent California appeals court ruling that says companies must reimburse employees for work-related uses of personal devices. And, you may be wondering what this means for you and your company.
There’s no doubt that BYOD has its benefits, including increased employee convenience and flexibility. On the other hand, BYOD can pose serious risks for enterprises, including data breaches, loss of data and security violations. And now, the court’s ruling has companies scrambling to address this additional complication, which has real implications for companies with California operations who have a BYOD policy.
In a nutshell, the ruling states that California-based employers “must pay some reasonable percentage of the employee’s cell phone bill.” While only applying right now to companies with operations in California, it is a good reminder to all employers that a solid, well thought out BYOD policy can mitigate a lot of uncertainty and unnecessary headaches.
What can you do?
One potential solution is a hybrid approach called Buy Your Own Device. In essence, Buy Your Own Device allows an employee to choose the exact device they want while giving the company control over the management of the device and its plan. So, the employee is happy to have their preferred device, and the company is happy to maintain the security and control they need over their data and networks.
Today’s technology advancements, such as the Managing Wireless Assets (MWA) platform from Viewpoint Development Partner Mobile Solutions, are enabling this level of flexibility and control over mobile devices. Expert consultants at Mobile Solutions are available to discuss whether a BYOD policy or another option is right for your business.