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Social Media Policies Revisited: The Facebook “Like” As Protected Activity

The National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) continues to expand its reach beyond its traditional role involving unionized workforces. In particular, the NLRB has continued an aggressive campaign begun in 2011 to crackdown on...more

Businesses Encouraged to Adopt Social Media Policies

Many business owners, particularly those with a limited marketing budget or no marketing plan, view access to social media as free marketing. What could be better? Ask paid employees to get out the “buzz” as an assignment....more

New Strings Attached: LinkedIn Contacts Are Now Trade Secrets?

From a birds-eye view, Cellular Accessories For Less, Inc. v. Trinitas, LLC appears to be a typical dispute between an employer and its former employee. However, a closer look reveals an issue new to the world of trade...more

Board Continues Aggressive Policing of Employee Social Media Use

Stop me if you heard this one: the National Labor Relations Board recently reinstated employees who were discharged for comments made on their Facebook pages and found that the employer's social media policy was unlawful....more

New Laws Affecting California Employers

The 2014 legislative session is in the books, and it produced several new laws affecting employers in California, including: Private arbitration companies must provide arbitration data on their websites, in a...more

Are LinkedIn Contacts The Employer's Trade Secrets?

A federal district court in California held in Cellular Accessories For Less, Inc. v. Trinitas LLC that whether LinkedIn contact information can be an employer's trade secret is a factual dispute that must be decided by a...more

The NLRB's Latest Digital Developments

Last May, we highlighted a pending National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) case where the Board requested comments on whether it should reconsider its view that employees do not have a statutory right to use employer-owned...more

Federal Court Dismisses Complaint Against EEOC for Unauthorized Use of Employer’s E-Mail System

Late last year we reported that Case New Holland, Inc. (CNH) had sued the EEOC after learning that the agency, in the course of investigating a claim of age discrimination, had sent a blast email. This email was linked to a...more

NLRB Modifies Standard Remedial Notice to Include QR Code and Link to Board's Web Site

The National Labor Relations Board recently took the opportunity, in a case dating back to 2011, to update and modernize some of the standard language contained in the remedial notice that the Board requires to be posted as a...more

Court Determines that Employer's FMLA Notice Sent by Email is Not Reliable (Sending Employer World into Tizzy)

We have a mini-FMLA crisis on our hands this week, and the courts are to blame. This issue involves the FMLA notices that employers send to employees, but more importantly, the delivery route in which they send them....more

Status Updates - October 2014 #9

Court spanks parents. In a landmark decision, the Georgia Court of Appeals ruled in Boston v. Athearn that parents can be held responsible for the social media activities of their kids. The case involved a seventh-grade boy...more

Employers, Take Your Heads Out of the Sand when it Comes to Social Media…

If it’s not mandatory or poses a threat to the very existence of an organization and its economic survival, employers will keep their heads in the sand pleading ignorance, while remaining apathetic. It’s kind of like my...more

“You’ve Got Served!”

Pardon my witty little play on “you’ve got mail!” from 1998. Remember when that booming AOL voice – and what was the 50th movie teaming Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan – seemingly reflected the start of the Internet communication age?...more

Top 10 Technology Blunders for Employers

As one who presumably has no nude selfies, you may not be too concerned about a “hack” like the one that continues to afflict celebrities like Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t still plenty...more

Oklahoma to Prohibit Employer Access to Private Social Media

On November 1, 2014, Oklahoma will join a number of other jurisdictions that prohibit employers from gaining access to passwords to employee or applicant social media accounts or from viewing non-public information maintained...more

Social Media Password Protection: Where are we now?

In just two years, social media password protection has gone from a privacy advocate’s dream to an employer’s harsh reality in many states. Maryland became the first state (in 2012) to enact legislation that prevented...more

Employers Who Prohibit Use of Company Technology for Non-Business Purposes Have Dodged a Bullet—For Now.

The NLRB marked the end of summer by issuing its highly anticipated decision in Purple Communications, which many believed would address whether employers can continue to ban use of company equipment and technology,...more

Firing Employees for Critical Facebook Comments May Be Unlawful

Employers can sometimes lawfully fire employees for posting critical comments about their jobs on social media, even if employees post the comments on their own time and on their own equipment. However, that's not always the...more

NBC's The Blacklist or Real-Life Attack on JPMorgan?

Attack of the hackers - Whenever I watch one of those hacker movies, I always think, “There’s no way they could actually hack into [insert the name of a heavily protected government or financial institution database...more

2014 Louisiana Legislative Update

The Louisiana 2014 Regular Legislative Session closed on June 9, 2014. In the subsequent weeks, Governor Bobby Jindal signed into law several bills that affect employers. These new laws, which are summarized below, became...more

Use of Big Data in Recruiting and Screening Could Mean Big Problems for Employers

Recently, Allison Grande of Law360 reported on the warnings representatives from the FTC and EEOC provided to employers about using big data in the workplace at a panel hosted by the FTC. This post briefly explores those...more

Will California’s “Kill Switch” Law Kill An Employer’s Ability To Protect Sensitive Company Information?

Will California’s “Kill Switch” Law Kill An Employer’s Ability To Protect Sensitive Company Information? In this digital age, smartphone technology has become essential and ubiquitous to business operations. But the...more

Joint Employers Under NLRB Law

A. Introduction - Over the last few weeks, there has been a great deal of discussion in the legal media regarding the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or Board) General Counsel’s (GC) argument to the Board, that...more

Finally Some Good News: VETS Final Rule Reduces Burden on Federal Contractors

If you are a federal contractor, you may be feeling a bit picked on by the Department of Labor of late. It seems as though every regulatory change increases the burden for federal contractors. But not so with the Final Rule...more

Is a LinkedIn Contact List a Trade Secret? Potentially, Yes

As a LinkedIn user, the decision concerning whether to share your entire list of connections with any individual connection can often implicate a number of strategic questions. As of May 2014, LinkedIn boasts 300 million...more

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