Smartphones, Tablets, and Other Devices in the Workplace



  • Available Until 6/23/2025
  • Next Class Time 11:00 AM MT
  • Duration 60 min.
  • Format MP3 Download
  • Program Code 06222023
  • MCLE Credits 1 hour(s)

Course Price: $89.00


Most employees carry with them powerful devices – smartphone and tablets – that they use for mixed personal and professional use.  These devices can enhance or hinder productivity. Their powerful communications capabilities enable a range of activity which potentially exposes employers to liability.  Employers struggle with crafting policies that allow employees autonomy to use their devices and even channel them to productive work use, but limit their exposure to liability, including allegations that employers are invading the privacy of employees.  This program will provide you with a practical guide to drafting policies for using smart devices on the job.


  • Monitoring workplace usage and potential violations/liability for invasions of privacy
  • Wage and hour issues – when does the workday begin and end when employees are never disconnected?
  • EEO violations, discrimination and harassment risks when devices are used for mixed professional/personal use
  • Obtaining digital evidence from employee devices – what’s allowed, what’s not?
  • Best practices in preserving employer trade secret issues



Laura Zabele is an attorney in the Los Angeles office of Paul Hastings, LLP, where her practice focuses on all aspects of labor and employment law.  She represents employers before state and federal courts and administrative agencies throughout the U.S., including single-plaintiff and class and collective actions involving discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wage and hour issues. She also counsels employers on employment issues such as reductions in force, preparing handbook policies, and drafting employment and separation agreements.  Ms. Zabele earned her B.A., with distinction, from Cornell University and her J.D. from Boston University School of Law.

Brian Featherstun is an attorney in the San Francisco office of Paul Hastings, LLP, where his practice focuses on complex litigation and employment matters. In addition to his litigation work, he routinely advises employers on best practices to mitigate exposure or avoid litigation altogether in areas including employment discrimination, retaliation, harassment, and wage and hour issues.  He has successfully handled first and second chair responsibility for trials, hearings, depositions, and administrative proceedings. Mr. Featherstun earned his B.A. from U.C. Santa Barbara and his J.D. from the UCLA School of Law.