BYOD laws raise budgeting concerns

A cost-effective browser based terminal emulator is especially important for those with budgetary concerns. Writing for CIO, Tom Kaneshige recently commented on a mandate from the California Court of Appeal that requires businesses to compensate in-state workers for company calls made with their own devices.

While it's a plan that is in the employee's immediate favor, the requirements of this rule pose a threat to BYOD policies overall. Rather than contend with this rule formally, businesses that can't afford this policy will be tempted to ignore it and just let employees use their devices "off the record."

Though currently limited just to California, the ramifications of this ruling could set a standard for the way that companies react to business data use on personal devices. Kaneshige spoke to David Schofield of Network Sourcing Advisors, who said that the decision suggests other forms of business device usage should also be compensated.

"Home Wi-Fi is a perfect example," he said. "Almost everyone has it in their home to support their personal usage, but they might also be using it to access the corporate network. The U.S. Labor Department, too, has been pressing that maybe people working after-hours and going into the corporate network should be paid for that time."

The ruling could even extend to BYOD activity performed in the past, Schofield said, affecting employees who used devices for business purposes "several years" ago.

A vital part of budgeting to stay within these rules is looking to cost-friendly, permanent solutions for device based issues. A mainframe terminal emulator that's mobile-friendly fits within a business' finances and grants it the freedom of secure mainframe access.