Kevin Haskins

Kevin Haskins


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Do You Know What Your Restrictive Covenant Restricts?

When preparing employment agreements, businesses often want to include provisions that restrict employees in their use of company information, contact with customers, or choice of next employer. These restrictions, called...more

7/25/2014 - Injunctions Non-Compete Agreements Restrictive Covenants

Employer's Electronic Communication Policy Negates Expectation of Privacy in Employee's Work Computer

Adding its voice to the growing body of cases illustrating the importance of electronic communications policies, a federal court in Virginia ruled earlier this year that an employee had no reasonable expectation of privacy in...more

6/6/2014 - Electronic Communications Email Employer Liability Issues Reasonable Expectation of Privacy Right to Privacy

NLRB Seeking Comments on Employee Email Use

In 2007, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) decided in a split decision that employees do not have a statutory right to use an employer’s email system to engage in activities protected under federal labor law. Relying...more

5/19/2014 - Email Employee Rights Employer Liability Issues NLRA NLRB

At-Will Employment Clauses and the NLRB

The National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) has made headlines in the last few years with its close scrutiny of workplace social media policies. However, making something of a quieter splash, the NLRB has also been...more

4/16/2014 - At-Will Employment Compliance Employer Liability Issues NLRA NLRB Social Media

Employer Ownership of Social Media Accounts

If you have a business with a social media footprint (and what business doesn’t, these days), ask yourself this question: "How confident are you that you own the social networking accounts through which you are building your...more

3/19/2014 - Facebook Social Media Stored Communications Act Twitter Young Lawyers

Workplace Privacy in the Digital Age

The blended use of technology for both professional and personal communication has had a significant impact on workplace privacy. Gone are the days when all an employer knew about an employee was what could be observed during...more

3/10/2014 - Electronic Communications Electronically Stored Information Email Internet Privacy Policy Right to Privacy Technology Trucking Industry

Update on Social Media Legislation in Maine

Updating my previous post on this topic, the Judiciary Committee today reported L.D. 1194, An Act to Protect Social Media Privacy in School and the Workplace out of Committee with a recommendation that the bill be passed as...more

3/4/2014 - Legislative Agendas Social Media

Maine Legislature Considering Privacy in Social Media

Joining a growing trend nationally, the Maine Legislature is considering a bill that would prohibit employers from requiring employees to disclose their log-in information for social media and personal e-mail accounts. The...more

2/24/2014 - Employer Liability Issues Passwords Privacy Concerns Privacy Legislation Social Media

Are Employment Contracts Always Terminable At the Will of Either Party?

In states where employment is generally considered “at-will,” many employers take it as a foregone conclusion that employment contracts are terminable at the will of either party. But is this conclusion always correct? The...more

1/28/2014 - At-Will Employment Employee Handbooks Employment Contract Hiring & Firing Human Resources Professionals Termination

First Circuit Finds No Whistleblowing Where Employee's Report was Part of the Job

Here’s a zen koan for today: “What is the sound of a whistleblower whose job it is to blow the whistle?” According to the First Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, which recently meditated on this question, the sound is kind of...more

1/8/2014 - Whistleblower Protection Policies Whistleblowers

Safeguarding Trade Secrets and Proprietary Information

Most states, including Maine, have statutes protecting trade secrets. These statutes provide an important measure of protection to employers wishing to safeguard their proprietary information. For employers, the issue of...more

12/6/2013 - Misappropriation Trade Secrets

First Circuit Enforces Non-Solicitation Agreement in Favor of Employer

Can a former employee circumvent a non-solicitation agreement if he or she merely accepts business from former customers and does not actively solicit them? Recently, in a decision sure to please employers, the First Circuit...more

10/7/2013 - Former Employee Non-Solicitation Agreements

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