Continuing Legal Education

TELESEMINAR: Bring Your Own Device to Work: Employment Law Issues in the Workplace - A National Perspective

January 14, 2014
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
1.00 MCLE hours


Every day employees bring their devices – smartphones, tablets, and laptops– with them to work.  This BYOD (Bring Your Own Device to work) trend has created major legal issues for employers. Employees often use these devices for both personal and work purposes – communicating with friends, work colleagues, and customers and clients. They post personal information and often business information on the Internet. Employers are potentially liable for violations of privacy, commission of torts, discrimination and harassment, the loss of company trade secrets, wage and hour violations, and more. This program will provide you a framework for understanding the legal issues when employers allow employers to bring their own devices to work.


  • BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) to work – issues for employers bring smartphones and tablets to work
  • Workplace usage, monitoring and privacy violations
  • Wage and hour issues – when does the workday begin and end?
  • EEO violations, discrimination and harassment issues using devices
  • Obtaining digital evidence from employee devices
  • Safety/driving/tort issues
  • Trade secret issues


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Program Speaker:
Heather Morgan
, Paul Hastings, LLP, California
Julie Totten, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP, California


Heather Morgan is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Paul Hastings, LLP, where she represents private and public employers in all aspects of employment law. She devotes a significant portion of her practice to helping employers develop or revamp personnel policies, build "best practices," and ensure compliance with federal and state laws and regulations impacting wage and hour, recruitment, hiring, promotion, compensation, performance evaluation, retention and termination, affirmative action compliance, and other personnel practices. Ms. Morgan earned his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin and his J.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles.

Julie Totten is the partner in the Sacramento, California office of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP, where she heads the firm’s statewide employment practice.  Her practice focuses on representing employers in complex cases, including wage-and-hour class and collective actions, EEO claims and claims involving breach of contract and wrongful termination.  She has also successfully represented clients involved in investigations and audits by the US Department of Labor and trains clients on a wide variety of employment law matters, including social media and employee privacy.  Ms. Totten received her B.A., summa cum laude, from The College of Idaho and her J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of San Diego School of Law.