Jan 23, 2008 (LBO) – Sri Lankan employers should enforce rules on e-mail and internet access to prevent misuse of company property and avoid potential legal problems, an expert told a law conference in the capital Colombo. But it also posed risks like firms not having enough oversight and supervision, how to compute hours worked and breaks, and monitoring use of company property. Employers have to strike a balance between giving employees access to modern information communications technology that could enhance productivity and monitoring their use to prevent abuse, Malathi Das told the LAWASIA ICT 2008 conference.

Information communications technology in the work place enhanced productivity and improved a company’s image, but they were also found to cause problems, said Das, vice president of LAWASIA and a member of the Council of the Law Society of Singapore.

LAWASIA is a professional association of representatives of bar councils, law associations, individual lawyers and law firms from the Asia-Pacific region.

She spoke on employment issues in the electronic era at the conference which focussed on the ICT aspect of legal systems in south Asian countries.

Das said misuse of ICT could affect producti