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“Ban the Box” Legislation Expands Across the Country

There is a growing national movement to “Ban the Box” – i.e., to prohibit questions about a job applicant’s criminal history on employment applications. Currently, “Ban the Box” laws are primarily targeted at public...more

8/14/2014 - Ban the Box Criminal Background Checks Employee Rights Job Applicants

Some Firings Based on Social Media Use May Be Okay

In early November, an administrative law judge of the National Labor Relations Board dismissed a complaint filed against an employer, finding that the employer did not violate the National Labor Relations Act by withdrawing...more

11/18/2013 - Employer Liability Issues NLRA Social Media Termination

New Jersey Senate Unanimously Passes Revised Social Media Bill

On August 19, 2013, the New Jersey Senate passed - by a vote of 36 to 0 - a revised bill barring employers from seeking access to employees' social media accounts....more

8/28/2013 - Chris Christie Passwords Proposed Legislation Social Media

To Friend, or Not to Friend: That is the (Judge's) Question

On May 28, 2013, the New York Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics issued an opinion stating "that the mere status of being a 'Facebook friend,' without more, is an insufficient basis to require recusal." (Emphasis in...more

6/26/2013 - Ethics Facebook Judges Recusal Social Media

Federal Court Sets Guidelines for Denying Attorney-Client Privilege on Communications

Hiring a lawyer for a general counsel role – either in-house or by retaining outside counsel to perform that role – can benefit organizations in countless ways. Unlike outside attorneys who are consulted on a piecemeal basis,...more

3/12/2013 - Attorney-Client Privilege Business Advice Corporate Counsel Legal Advice

Given Recent NLRB Decisions Finding Standard Confidentiality Policies Unlawful, Employers Should Review and Update Their Policies

On January 8, 2013, a National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) administrative law judge ruled that a proprietary/confidential information provision in Quicken Loan’s employment agreement with its mortgage banker employees...more

1/23/2013 - NLRA NLRB Protected Concerted Activity Section 7

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