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Twitter Ordered by Irish Court to Disclose Information about Author of Tweet

Twitter International Company (TIC) in Dublin, Ireland was reportedly ordered by a High Court to disclose data about the source of tweets about a whistleblower. The tweets, which included allegations of insurance fraud, are...more

Peeple Are Peeple

The English electronic band Depeche Mode sang that more than 32 years ago. Still applies, for some. Social media has made it easier and quicker for everyone – your employees included – to post their feelings online...more

Status Updates: Court nixes VPPA claim; lawyer suspended over blog posts; Facebook ‘unfriending’ cited in bullying decision

Tale of the tape. The Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA), which requires video service providers to destroy personally identifiable information after a specified time, doesn’t provide a private right of action for plaintiffs...more

Social Media Employee Privacy Laws – The New Majority Approach?

As the old Bob Dylan song goes, “the times they are a-changin’.” While I suspect his message may have been intended for a more meaningful topic than social media employee privacy laws, his words do ring true. When Maryland...more

Accessing an Employee’s Social Media Account? A Patchwork of State Laws

The water cooler, it seems, is a thing of the past. Or at least the actual physical water cooler is. These days, many of the office conversations take place online. Employees air their grievances, connect with each other, and...more

It’s The World Series Of Discrimination Trials! Catch It!

T.J. Simers, a notorious well-known former sports columnist for the Los Angeles Times, has sued the owners of the Times, contending that he was let go in 2013 because of his age (then in his early 60s, now 65) and because of...more

4 Defenses to Employee Defamation Claims

The Recorder reports an uptick in defamation claims by fired employees. These claims are often in the form of plaintiffs saying that their bosses gave others false reasons for their firing. These types of claims strike fear...more

When HR Meets Law: Social Media in Recruitment

(Chinese & English version) In recruitment,the use of personal information collected via social media platform may create risks of discrimination and privacy invasion. With the revolution of information technology,...more

The Employee’s Role in Cybersecurity: Know, Then Do

While the familiar axiom of “train your employees” is still relevant - it is becoming insufficient; beyond simply knowing what to do, more and more employees must affirmatively act to pursue their company’s cybersecurity...more

Class Action Round-Up: Summer 2015

The big news this quarter is the U.S. Supreme Court’s acceptance of Tyson Foods, Inc. v. Bouaphakeo, an employment case likely to have major ramifications across the whole spectrum of class action litigation. The Court is set...more

Whose Property Is The Corporate Social Media Account?

As we have discussed in previous posts, the issues surrounding ownership rights to an employer’s social media account and its contents continues to be a moving target without definitive answers. A federal bankruptcy court...more

9 Things Employees Should Do to Prevent Data Breaches

Avoiding employee mistakes that lead to inadvertent failures will free up valuable resources to fight the bad guys—and may save your job. ...more

Employment Law Briefing

Whistleblowing can be a valuable tool for businesses, providing an early warning system against corporate malpractice and demonstrating a compliance culture. Hotlines are now established as an important tool in the...more

What Does Uber Mean for Telecom Carriers?

The business model employed by ride-hailing company Uber Technologies, Inc., has certainly been disruptive in the transportation business. Now, a decision involving Uber may have implications for telecommunications carriers...more

NLRB Extends Its Email Rule to the Health Care Workplace

The National Labor Relations Board (Board) continues its scrutiny of employer policies—this time striking down an email policy designed to ensure that health care employees provide patient care without distraction. UPMC, 362...more

NLRB Extends Its Email Rule to the Health Care Workplace

The National Labor Relations Board (Board) continues its scrutiny of employer policies—this time striking down an email policy designed to ensure that health care employees provide patient care without distraction. UPMC, 362...more

Is Amazon the Scapegoat in the Debate on Employee Leave Entitlements? What's the Lesson Here for Employers?

Amazon has been making headlines lately. And it’s not because the company is offering generous discounts on Amazon prime delivery. Over the past few weeks, Amazon has been hit hard in the media after several current and...more

That is SO last week - September 2015

Labor Day was the backdrop for a big announcement from President Obama. Beginning in 2017, federal contractors must grant paid sick leave to employees. The new Executive Order requires contractors to provide one hour of...more

Employee Fairly Dismissed for Facebook Comments Posted Two Years Earlier

What happened? In Smith v British Waterways Board the Employment Appeal Tribunal (“EAT”) decided that an employee was fairly dismissed for posting derogatory and disparaging comments on Facebook despite the comments being...more

The Court Weighs In: Termination for Social Media Misconduct

Over a decade had passed since Ellen Simonetti, dubbed the “Queen of the Sky” was fired by Delta Air Lines after her infamous “Diary of a Dysfunctional Flight Attendant” blog. Simonetti wasn’t fired simply for blogging about...more

Old Facebook Comments Justified Dismissal

In British Waterways Board v Smith UKEATS/0004/15/SM, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) examined whether an employer acted lawfully when dismissing an employee for gross misconduct due to remarks he had made on Facebook...more

Washington Supreme Court Applies Public Records Act to Public Employees’ Private Cell Phones

On August 27, the Washington Supreme Court unanimously held in Nissen v. Pierce County that text messages sent or received by a public employee in his or her official capacity are public records within the meaning of the...more

Blog: Class Action Charges Misrepresentation In Policies And Disclosures Regarding Slave Labor In Supply Chain

As discussed in this Bloomberg article, Costco and some of its suppliers are facing class action litigation alleging that Costco misled consumers about the use of slave labor and human trafficking in its supply chain for the...more

Next on DOL’s Agenda: Mobile Device Use Outside Work Hours

It appears that the U.S. Department of Labor intends to remain busy through the rest of the summer. After releasing in June a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking public comment on proposed changes to the Fair Labor...more

Hold that Friend Request: Legal Traps in a Post-Facebook Work Environment

Many well-meaning managers engage with employees on social media websites, and doing so provides a host of benefits: stronger relationships between employees and management; a sense of collegiality; instant updates on...more

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