Sample eWorkplace HR Policy

There Is No Expectation of Privacy When Using Nonprofit E-Ware

A. E-Ware, Authorization and Ownership

E-Ware includes all electronic devices and software communication, provided or
supported by Nonprofit, including, but not limited to personal computers, workstations,
laptop computers and electronic tablets; peripheral equipment such as printers, modems, fax
machines, and copiers; computer software applications such as software that grants access to the
Internet or e-mail; and, telephones, including cellular phones, smart phones and voicemail
systems. Nonprofit will give access to its E-Ware to those employees whose job performance
will benefit from the use of Nonprofit's E-Ware. Nonprofit owns all information created,
received or stored on any electronic device or software communication provided or supported by

B. Use of E-Ware

Employees should use Nonprofit's E-Ware for the purpose of conducting Nonprofit
business. Employees may use Nonprofit's E-Ware for incidental personal use so long as
such use does not interfere with the employee's duties, is not done for pecuniary gain, does not
conflict with the Nonprofit's business, is not for any illegal purpose and does not violate any
Nonprofit policy [e.g. "Policy Against Harassment"]. Personal use may include sending and
receiving occasional personal communications and data, using the telephone system for brief
personal calls, and accessing the Internet for brief personal searches and inquiries during meal
times or other breaks, or outside of work hours.

C. No Expectation of Privacy

Employees have no expectation of privacy, with respect to any aspect of their use of
Nonprofit's E-Ware, including but not limited to the Internet or electronic mail,
either while working in the office or remotely, including personal information or messages
created, received or maintained on Nonprofit's E-Ware.. Nonprofit may need to access any
and all information, including computer files, e-mail messages, text messages and voicemail
messages. Nonprofit may, in its sole discretion, inspect all files or messages on its E-Ware at any
time for any reason. Certain of the Nonprofit's E-Ware requires the use of a password. Passwords do not confer any right of privacy upon an employee of Nonprofit.

D. Deleted Information

All employees should understand that any information kept on Nonprofit's E-Ware may be electronically recalled or recreated regardless of whether it may have been "deleted" by an employee. Employees who delete information or messages should not assume that such information or messages are confidential.

E. License Restrictions

All software in use on Nonprofit's Technology Resources is officially licensed software. No employee may load any software on the Nonprofit's computers, by any means of transmission, unless authorized in writing in advance by __________ [specify, e.g., Technology Coordinator, Office Manager, etc.] and thoroughly scanned for viruses.

F. Confidential Information

Nonprofit protects confidential information of both the Nonprofit and its clients. ("Confidential Information"). Therefore, employees are expected to use good judgment when using or transmitting Confidential Information using Nonprofit's E-Ware. Confidential Information should not be accessed through Nonprofit's E-Ware in the presence of unauthorized individuals nor be left visible or unattended on any E-Ware.


Note: this sample policy accompanies the Blue Avocado article, "Can We Fire Someone for Something They Said in a Personal Email?" by Pamela Fyfe

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