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Businesses That Support BYOD May Pay More in Employee Overtime

Here’s a roundup of today’s hottest IP news:

  • If you allow your employees to use their personal devices for work, does this mean that you’ll end up paying more in overtime? According to an interview with Teresa Thompson, an attorney for Fredrikson & Byron, maybe. “If it’s an exempt employee, such as a lawyer who’s supposed to work all the time, it’s not an issue,” says Thompson. “But hourly workers have to be paid overtime if they work it. There are currently class-action suits in the courts dealing with employees who used their own devices to log in to work computers or to send corporate email, didn’t log the work at the time, then later claimed overtime. If you don’t clock the time of employees who can be paid overtime, you’re looking for legal trouble.”
  • Data centres consume 1.5% of the world’s electricity. The large amount of energy needed to power fans and air conditioners in data centres not only leads to high electricity bills for businesses, but also raises global environmental concerns. An article on SiliconANGLE explores some innovations that will help businesses reduce their data centre cooling costs and impact on the environment.
  • Management must become tech-savvy. The Enterprise CIO Forum published an article that explores how management can improve their technology quotient. The article states, “One relatively painless way to improve the board’s technology quotient is to bring in an expert in one specific area of technology that impacts your business to conduct a monthly or quarterly brown bag lunch session with one or more board members. The expert can spend 30 minutes talking about the most powerful recent trends in that specific technical area and then ask each executive to provide a two-minute summary of how that technology can potentially solve one of the top three pain points that executive’s business unit faces.” Lunch and learns – a great way to educate management about the latest IT advances!
  • Are emerging markets more likely to adopt the cloud? According to an article on the blog, “Emerging markets seem to have the clear advantage when it comes to adopting new technologies. Without the burden of older systems already in place, and probably due to their less developed infrastructures, countries in emerging economies are showing widespread acceptance of mobile solutions and cloud computing – more so than countries in mature markets.” The article states that while some emerging markets, such as Malaysia and Thailand, have higher cloud adoption rates than the US and Germany, India has been slow to adopt the new trend. While India’s cloud spending is expected to increase, a study by India’s Tata Consultancy revealed that “the heaviest users of cloud applications are the companies that manufacture the technology hardware that enables cloud computing.”
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