NSW minister resigns due to inappropriate website visits

The resignation of NSW Minister for Ports and Waterways, Paul McLeay, is a timely reminder of the benefits of a properly drafted internet use policy in workplaces. Mr McLeay’s use of his parliamentary computer to visit adult and gambling websites, aside from showing a distinct lack of judgment and knowledge of internet monitoring tools, is surely replicated in many workplaces around the country. Just ask the Victoria Police.

An internet use policy sets out the clear boundaries of what is acceptable for staff to do when using the internet on company time. Apart from removing any uncertainty as to what may or may not be appropriate conduct, it also provides an employer with a means of enforcement should an employee overstep the mark. For assistance in drafting or reviewing such a policy, please contact Certus Legal Group.