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Equipment Supplier/Dealer Bill Moving in Commerce - A bill that would tip the scales in contract negotiations between farm and yard equipment suppliers and their local dealers has passed the Senate and is now pending...more

What Employers Need To Know About Supreme Court Issues After The Passing Of Justice Scalia

Make no mistake, the role of Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court profoundly impacts the balance of power among the branches of our government. Now, with the untimely passing of Justice Antonin Scalia on February 13, the void...more

DC Circuit Upholds FEC’s Limited Disclosure Rule for Corporations and Labor Unions

On January 21, 2016, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld the Federal Election Commission’s (FEC) rule requiring corporations and labor organizations to disclose on an electioneering...more

Do Your Employees Hate Trump? Comb-over Your Social Media Policy before the Caucus

The media is buzzing about presidential candidates, and it is only revving up as the Iowa caucuses—the first to be held in the country each year—draw near on February 1st. Following closely on Iowa’s heels will be New...more

Maine Is Latest State To Restrict Employer Access To Personal Social Media Accounts

Recently, Maine became the latest state to enact legislation restricting an employer’s access to employees’ and job applicants’ personal social media accounts. The new statute prohibits an employer from requiring, coercing or...more

Maine Enacts Social Media Protections for Applicants and Employees

Effective as of October 15, 2015, employers in Maine will be restricted in their ability to access the personal social media accounts of applicants and employees. Specifically, under the new law, an employer may not...more

Trendsetter or Outlier? Oregon Adds New Twist to Password Protection Laws

Since early 2012, 21 states have enacted some form of "password protection" law. Although these laws vary substantially by state, their common thread is the intention to restrict employers' ability to access content in...more

Special Session Set For Today

After weeks of negotiations, speculation, and a late night caucus, Governor Mark Dayton called the Special Session for today at 10 a.m. The six bills on the approved agenda are the three budget bills that Dayton vetoed at...more

Oregon social media law signed by Governor

Yesterday, Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed into law a new social media law in Oregon, the first in the nation, that limits employers from requiring employees to have social media accounts for employment, and to require...more

Department of Labor Seeks Information about Employees' Use of Smartphones

The Obama Administration used the occasion of Memorial Day weekend to release its required Semiannual Regulatory Agenda. The Agenda, which is not binding on the DOL, lists a number of items including two specifically related...more

Connecticut Restricts Employer Access to Personal Social Media, E-mail and Online Retail Accounts of Employees and Applicants

On May 19, 2015, Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy signed into law a new statute restricting an employer’s ability to gain access to social media, e-mail and other personal online accounts of employees and job...more

Virginia & Montana Pass Employee Social Media Privacy Acts

Employers in Virginia and Montana that want to connect with their employees online may now have to wait for their employees to “like” them first, thanks to a pair of bills recently enacted. On March 23, Virginia Governor...more

Proposed Arkansas Bill Permitting Employer Access To Employees’ Social Media Accounts Rejected

At the end of March, a bill that would have permitted some employers to require employees to provide access to their personal social media accounts did not garner enough votes to make it out of an Arkansas Senate committee...more

Cybersecurity in the Workplace: Obama's Proposals and More

In the past five years, employers both big and small have become accustomed to social media and increased technology in the workplace. Everyone and their parents are on Facebook, and one cannot go anywhere without being asked...more

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

Minnesota Legislature Convenes

The Minnesota Legislature convened at noon on Tuesday, February 25. It hit the ground running with a minimum wage increase and tax cuts at the forefront. It has already passed a $20 million heating assistance bill. The House...more

Is the "Like" Button Becoming a Constitutionally Protected Activity?

On September 18, 2013, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that an employee's act of clicking the "Like" button on Facebook constitutes speech protected by the First Amendment. This ruling signals an extension of...more

The First Amendment Goes Digital – Clicking “Like” on Facebook is Speech

With around 1.15 billion members, Facebook is a massive, global forum for communicating with friends and the world. For many users, it often feels as if their news feeds are clogged with vapid comments about the weather, meal...more

What's in a "Like"? Precedent-Setting Case Poses New Risk for Employers

The ubiquitous thumbs-up icon in Facebook has gained new prominence for private employers. In a case of first impression, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit held that an employee fired for "liking" the campaign...more

Free Speech Protection for Facebook "Likes" by Public Employees

Last week, in Bland v. Roberts, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit handed a constitutional victory to Facebook and two plaintiffs who lost their jobs after displaying online support for the incumbent’s opponent...more

New Jersey Legislative Summer Round-up: Social Media, Wage Claim Bias Laws Enacted; Misclassification Law Vetoed

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie had a busy summer, signing into law two important employment bills, and vetoing a third. The state’s new social media privacy law affords new protections to employees and applicants...more

Marketing Investment Management Services to Public Retirement Systems: Complying with Applicable Laws and Regulations

It is well-known that high-profile jurisdictions such as California and New York City have in certain instances placed lobbyist registration requirements on investment managers that solicit investment advisory business from...more

Governor Christie Conditionally Vetoes Social Networking Bill; Legislature Responds

The New Jersey Legislature recently passed a social media law, also known as the “Facebook Bill”....more

Legislative Update: Social Media Account Protection and Paid FMLA?

With just a few weeks left in what has turned out to be a very unpredictable legislative session in Connecticut, there are still several bills up for consideration that employers need to be on the look out for. ...more

New Jersey’s Social Networking Privacy Law Gets Conditional Veto by Gov. Christie

On April 5, 2013, Governor Chris Christie issued a conditional veto of New Jersey’s proposed “Facebook law” (A-2878), which is intended to prohibit employers from inquiring about or otherwise accessing applicants’ and...more

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