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Is Your Social Media Policy Overbroad?

The NLRB’s Office of the General Counsel recently published an advice memorandum regarding an employer’s social media policy that provides yet another example of the NLRB’s disapproval of policies that use overbroad language...more

Second Circuit Rules PATRIOT Act Does Not Authorize Government's Bulk Telephone Metadata Collection Program

In yet another reminder of the importance of maintaining the privacy of personal information, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, in ACLU v. Clapper, issued a unanimous decision striking down the National Security Agency’s...more

NLRB General Counsel's Recent Report on Work Rules Tracks Areas to Watch - Employers of Union and Non-Union Work Forces Need to Be...

For the last several years, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or the "Board") has engaged in a well-publicized expansion of scrutiny for employer work rules and has liberally identified those rules that it believes...more

Legal Help with Labor and Employment Disputes

Scenario No. 1: One of your key employees e-mails you to tell you the stress of the job has given her medical problems, and that this situation is made worse by the breakup of her relationship with one of your managers. You...more

Technology And The Workplace

How Email And Texting Are Transforming Business Interactions - The automotive industry has embraced technology. Most dealerships have installed business development centers, and Internet departments to attract the...more

New ACLU App Will Allow Californians to Capture and Share Video on Police Encounters

In response to the increasing tensions between law enforcement agencies and the public, the ACLU announced it is launching an app to allow people to film law enforcement officers in action and automatically download a copy of...more

Social Media: Strategy and Implementation - Are you protected?

With more companies utilizing social media as a part of doing business, are you protecting yourself and your business from issues that can arise when implementing these strategies? Where do you stand legally when employees...more

NSBA to OCR: Standard for Addressing Requests for Technology by Students With a Communication Impairment is Off Key

Readers of our FR Alerts may remember my colleague Kendra B. Yoch authored an Alert in 2013 about a set of outlier cases in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, K.M. v. Tustin Unified School District and D.H. v. Poway Unified...more

NLRB Report Targets Unlawful Employer Handbook Rules

On March 18, the National Labor Relations Board's Office of the General Counsel (OGC) published a Report Concerning Employer Rules that discusses a variety of employee handbook rules addressed by the board in recent cases....more

Think Your Handbook Is Legally Compliant? NLRB Says, “Think Again”

In the most recent memorandum issued by the General Counsel (“GC”) of the National Labor Relations Board (“Board”) regarding workplace policies, memorandum GC 15-04, the Board offers employers new guidance on how to craft...more

SEC Brings First Action Against Company for Potentially Stifling Whistleblowers With Confidentiality Statement

The Securities and Exchange Commission recently charged KBR, Inc., a Delaware corporation specializing in technology and engineering, with a Rule 21F-17(a) violation for using language in employee confidentiality statements...more

NLRB General Counsel Releases Memorandum on Unlawful Employer Policies

In our prior alert, we notified you of the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) decision to overturn an administrative law judge’s (ALJ) ruling, finding that a confidentiality agreement had violated employee rights under...more

Ninth Circuit Holds That ADA Is Applicable Only to “Actual, Physical Place”

The decision in Earll v. eBay finds that a website business not connected to any physical place is not a “place of public accommodation” for purposes of Title III of the ADA....more

Looking Over Your Employees' Shoulders

As shifting privacy lines allow employers to reach further and further into employee conduct, it’s increasingly important that you know the legal limits. Many employees will question the legality of increased employer...more

"Guidance" That Does Not Guide: NLRB General Counsel Issues Interpretations of Common Employee Handbook Policies

We have not exactly been shy in expressing concern regarding many of the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) recent actions, nor hesitant to opine that its actions appear purposefully designed to advantage unions and...more

NLRB Issues Guidance on Employee Handbooks

The National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) has recently been aggressive in its enforcement of the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”) and, in particular, Section 7 of the NLRA, which protects employees’ rights to form or...more

Best Practices in Social Media for Employers Part 3 – Disciplining Employees for Conduct on Social Media

As discussed previously (see Best Practices in Social Media for Employers Part 2), adopting a National Labor Relations Act (NLRA)-compliant social media policy is the first step in ensuring that the policy can be enforced. ...more

District Judge Rules That Website Must Accommodate the Disabled

Clients who distribute their products or services, in large part, through the use of the Internet should take note of a recent federal court decision under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). If followed in other...more

NLRB General Counsel Issues Report Concerning Legality of Common Employer Rules

On March 18, 2015, NLRB General Counsel Richard Griffin issued a Report Concerning Employer Rules, in a stated effort to provide guidance on the intersection of employer rules and the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). ...more

2015 Employment Law Issues Tournament: Sweet Sixteen Results and Recaps

The Sweet Sixteen has come and gone and it was glorious. Streamed live over our new Apple Watches, 16 employment law issues battled it out for the right to move onto the Elite Eight, which will be held next week at Sixth...more

The Impact of the Open Internet Order on Accessibility

The Order does not forbear from enforcing the requirement in Section 225 that telecommunications relay service (TRS) be made available to persons with hearing and speech disabilities, such that they may have access to...more

Director Cordray speaks to the National Association of Attorneys General

As he has done in prior years, Director Cordray spoke earlier this week to the National Association of Attorneys General. His prepared remarks focused on the familiar theme of “the four Ds” that create obstacles for consumers...more

Seek “Recent Graduates” for a Job Opening, Risk a Lawsuit

Employer job advertisements are, once again, coming under scrutiny. A few weeks ago, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) made headlines when it filed a lawsuit against a restaurant chain over its job...more

Social media postings in sexual harassment litigation

Sexual harassment litigation typically involves accusations of unwelcome sexual conduct or comments in the workplace. Sometimes allegations are simply denied. More often, however, defendants assert that plaintiff either...more

Reminder: FCC Recordkeeping Compliance

By no later than April 1, 2015, entities providing telecommunications, VoIP, or advanced communications services (email, text) must certify to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to their compliance in 2014 with the...more

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