Patterson Quoted on Web Activities in the Workplace

Patterson Quoted on Web Activities in the Workplace

"Rules Are Required for Workplace Web Activities", New Jersey Business

March 1, 2005

Scott D. Patterson, a Partner in the Business Department in the Chesterbrook office and Co-Chair of the Technology Transactions and IP Practice Group, was quoted extensively in this article discussing web activities in the workplace.

According to the article, the best way for employers to protect themselves against employees who use the Internet improperly is to write, disseminate and display an Internet usage policy in the employee handbook. Without a prominent usage policy, as well as Internet protection products that block unwarranted sites, employees' personal use of the web will increase, while their productivity will decrease.

"As miraculous as it is to have the entire world at your desktop," Mr. Patterson said, "the Internet is also an inexhaustible source of potential trouble, opening up your company to industrial espionage, viruses, spyware, hackers and pornography. At the same time, it creates new ways for problem employees to get the company in hot water for sexual harassment, libel and slander, securities fraud and privacy violations, just to list a few concerns."