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The general principles by which a government is guided in its management of public affairs, or the legislature in its measures. A general term used to describe all contracts of insurance.

As applied to a law, ordinance, or Rule of Law, the general purpose or tendency considered as directed to the welfare or prosperity of the state or community.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

POLICY, PUBLIC. By public policy is meant that which the law encourages for the promotion of the public good.
     2. That which is against public policy is generally unlawful. For example, to restrain an individual from marrying, or from engaging in business, when the restraint is general, in the first case, to all persons, and, in the second, to all trades, business, or occupations. But if the restraint be only partial, as that Titius shall not marry Moevia, or that Caius shall not engage in a particular trade in a particular town or, place, the restraint is not against public policy,, and therefore valid. 1 Story, Eq. Jur. Sec. 274. See Newl. Contr. 472.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Developing and communicating an email and internet usage policy for all staff is a good way of laying down clear ground rules to protect your business and your staff.
"We've found that whilst a significant number of SMEs in the area have internet usage policy, only about 25 per cent ensure employees sign them.
An Internet usage policy is an extremely important tool for communicating your expectations of both proper and improper use of public information technology (IT) resources.
To prevent invasion of privacy claims, regardless of their merit, discuss how students, faculty and staff are initially notified of the Internet usage policy, how this notification is formalized or documented, and how users are subsequently reminded of the Internet usage policy.
Internet Usage Policy -- Your firm provides each employee the use of the telephone for business purposes.
Content Technologies, an expert in Internet content security, warns companies that without a clear Internet usage policy, staff sacked for unauthorised or inappropriate Internet usage can take their employers to court over unfair dismissals.
The first step to eliminating Internet misuse is to implement an Internet usage policy. This will inform employees of your company's stand on Internet use at work and let your employees know that misuse won't be tolerated.

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