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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
The Federation of German Scientists (VDW), the International Association of Lawyers against Nuclear Arms (IALANA) and Transparency International bestowed the German Whistleblower Prize upon Edward Snowden, the former National...more
On November 26, 2013, the Assembly introduced a bill (A4498) to prohibit confidentiality in any agreement to settle a claim or action in which a public entity or public employee (in his or her capacity as a public employee)...more
According to the Associated Press, Congress is considering a provision in the farm bill that would prohibit the government from disclosing information about farmers or their employees. The House version of the bill would...more
What President Obama’s second term means for the tech industry -
As the first president to appoint a chief technology officer, President Obama has worked hard to portray himself as a friend to the tech industry. He’s...more
The New Jersey Legislature recently passed a social media law, also known as the “Facebook Bill”....more
Virginia has enacted two new laws that are intended to enhance employee protections, particularly during union organizing drives in the Commonwealth. One law guarantees the right to vote in a secret ballot election. The...more
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
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
As part of our continuing coverage of the Texas Legislature Watch (they only meet every other year in Texas), we look at the bill that would prohibit employers from demanding passwords or other access to the social media...more
This article discusses the Patreaus affair from the standpoint of practical email privacy tips for lawyers, law firms, their clients, and families. A brief explanation is provided how emails (or even fake email addresses)...more
September 30 was the last day for California Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. to sign or veto bills passed by the State Legislature during its 2011-2012 Regular Session. Governor Brown signed several bills of interest to...more
In 1597, Sir Francis Bacon observed that knowledge is power. It’s hard to argue against that observation, which certainly Password Privacy, Legalis as true today as it was back then. And with today’s social media technology...more
The General Assembly finished its business for 2012 last night and although there was a last minute flurry of legislation, several bills that had been tracked by many employers came up short.
•Senate Bill 79, which...more
Originally published in Law360, San Diego (May 10, 2012, 5:00 PM ET)
A landmark bill that aims to protect California employees and prospective workers from being asked by a company to turn over their usernames and...more
In effort to protect employees and prospective employees, the California Legislature is taking steps to prevent an employer’s ability to gain access to their employees’ or prospective employees’ social media accounts.
Employers that require or are contemplating requiring applicants and/or employees to give them access to the employee’s private social media site should take note of the latest developments related to social media and the...more
A lot is going on here in the Golden State. Governor Jerry Brown was reelected to a third term (after a hiatus of almost 30 years since the end of his second term), and since that time, California employers have been on edge...more
California is at it again! Over the past few weeks Governor Jerry Brown signed several employment-related bills – some of which require employers of all sizes to update their policies and practices. Some of the new laws, most...more
The following is a summary of the 2011 legislative changes affecting school districts. Click here for a pdf of the entire summary or click the links below to review the specific topics. To discuss these changes in more...more
Last week we discussed the federal and state rules that apply to obtaining and using credit checks in the process of screening applicants for employment. On Thursday last week, the California Legislature approved Assembly...more
Tom Watson (UK Member of Parliament for West Bromwich East) has recently written to Mr. Peter Wardle, the Chief Executive of the Electoral Standards Commission asking him to investigate potential breaches of the Political...more
In this issue: Recent Federal Cases in California Limiting Wage and Hour Class Actions; Confidentiality Provisions in Employment Agreement Violates Employee Concerted Activity Rights Under NLRA; Denny’s Restaurant To Pay $1.3...more
On Monday, September 27, 2010, Governor Schwarzenegger vetoed California Assembly Bill 482 (“AB 482”).1 AB 482 would have dramatically restricted the circumstances under which an employer could use a credit report for...more
Against the backdrop of widely reported data breaches, and with the September 2009 federal election drawing close, the German Parliament has voted for significant changes to existing data protection laws, including new...more
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