September 4, 2012

From The St. Louis Business Journal

by Matt Fernandes

How much privacy can employees expect when they use their company-purchased cellphone for personal calls or texts? The answer, increasing, is not much or none. As devices continue to become more sophisticated - blending personal computing, email, texting, browsing, social media, project management and accounting - personal activity and content become a constant issue for the employer.

To Eric Trelz, a shareholder in the labor and employment practice at Polsinelli Shughart, a strong usage policy that is as air tight as possible is the key to protecting both employer and employee.

"Managing employees' expectations of privacy is a real challenge,"said Trelz. "The employer needs to make sure the employee understands that none of the information on a company-owned phone is private."

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About Eric Trelz

Eric M. Trelz provides clients experience in trial work, primarily in the areas of employment law and complex commercial litigation. His approach to litigation focuses on the needs of the client in an effort to solve the problem in a way that fulfills the client’s goals. Mr. Trelz has represented major corporations and privately owned businesses in hundreds of cases, many generating published opinions.

Mr. Trelz believes the client is represented best by an assertive lawyer who has the vision, skill and experience to take the case to verdict, if necessary. In the event trial is the most prudent course, Mr. Trelz’s trial experience, gained from more than 20 years of practice and over 50 trials to completion, serves his clients well. In addition, he has handled multiple class action lawsuits in both state and federal courts, including the City of St. Louis and Madison County, Illinois.

Clients from an extensive range of industries seek Mr. Trelz’s representation, including banking and financial services, manufacturing, wholesale and retail entities, transportation, health care, automotive, food services, entertainment and construction. As part of his effort to serve all aspects of his clients’ employment law needs, Mr. Trelz is available for seemingly routine hiring issues up through appellate practice. He has litigated virtually every form of employment dispute in multiple venues including appellate courts, federal and state courts and federal, state and local administrative