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BYOD: Where the Employee and the Enterprise Intersect

The proliferation of bring your own device programs – or “BYOD” as it is commonly referred – has drastically changed today’s corporate workplace environment. Employees are availing themselves of smart phones, tablets, and...more

Socially Aware - Volume 5, Issue 2 - April 2014

In This Issue: - Employer Access to Employee Social Media: Applicant Screening, ‘Friend’ Requests and Workplace Investigations - Driving Under the Influence (of Google Glass) - U.S. Courts’ Evolving Approaches to...more

Plaintiff Taps Into Anti-Hacker Law To Bring Claims Against Employer Who Posted On Plaintiff's Social Media Accounts

The Fast Laner has previously addressed the headaches accessing employees’ social media accounts can create for employers, and a recent Northern District of Illinois case suggests those fears are well-founded. In Maremont v....more

Wisconsin Adopts Password Protection Law

Wisconsin has become the thirteenth state to enact a law limiting the circumstances under which employers may request or require access to the personal internet accounts of applicants and employees. The 2013 Wisconsin Act...more

Protection against Business and Legal Risks from the iPhone 5s Security Vulnerabilities

The iPhone 5s debuted with a list of new features designed to enhance its users’ experience. Among the list is Touch ID, a form of biometric security that allows users to lock and unlock their iPhone with their fingerprint....more

#Harassment: EEOC Addresses Potential Issues with the Use of Social Media in the Workplace

On March 12, 2014, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) convened a meeting to gather information about the growing use of social media and how it impacts the laws that the agency enforces. Of particular...more

Employer Access to Employee Social Media: Applicant Screening, ‘Friend’ Requests and Workplace Investigations

A 2013 CareerBuilder survey of hiring managers and human resource professionals reports that more than two in five companies use social networking sites to research job candidates. This interest in social networking does not...more

Employer Ownership of Social Media Accounts

If you have a business with a social media footprint (and what business doesn’t, these days), ask yourself this question: "How confident are you that you own the social networking accounts through which you are building your...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

Trojan Horse Privacy Laws: Facebook Snooping

Privacy laws that protect employees at work historically have been considered sparse and virtually toothless. Only employers that engaged in brazen acts of surveillance or intrusion into employees' narrow "zones of privacy"...more

Socially Aware - Volume 5, Issue 1 - January/February 2014

In This Issue: FFIEC Issues Final Guidance on Social Media Usage by Financial Institutions; Uncovering a Line in the Sand: Employee Social Media Use and the NLRA; Website Operators Await Final Guidance Regarding...more

Oregon Restricts Employers' Access to Private Social Media Accounts

Oregon recently joined numerous states in prohibiting employers from seeking access to employees’ or prospective employees’ private social-media accounts, personal email, and other online content....more

In with the New: 2014 Privacy, Advertising and Digital Media Predictions

Data privacy and security made the headlines practically daily in 2013. Our second annual Privacy and Data Protection 2013 Year in Review topped 65 pages! What privacy, advertising and digital media trends will make...more

Web-Surfing Your Job Applicants—TMI?

The ever-increasing volume of information that people—your current employees, former employees, and job applicants—publish through the use of social media, email, tweets, and other types of electronic posts can be helpful in...more

Social Networking Password Laws In Effect For The New Year

Two new laws governing the ability of school authorities to obtain passwords to and information from personal social networking websites of employees and students go into effect on January 1, 2014. The definition of social...more

Employee's Dishonesty About Facebook Posts Supports Defense To Retaliation Claim

A recent opinion out of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals demonstrates the important role social media plays in labor and employment lawsuits. In Debord v. Mercy Health System of Kansas, Inc., a Kansas hospital was found not...more

OESA Legal Corner E-Mail Troubles: Can Your Company’s Handbook Help You in Employment Litigation?

Have you ever considered whether your company has a right to use an employee’s e-mail communications with his or her attorney conveyed through your company’s system? A company’s defense in an employment lawsuit can be...more

Litigation Update – The Electronic Loss of Privilege

The art of communication has changed considerably over the past few years. Rather than in-person or telephonic, the majority of communications in today’s business world are electronically transmitted. Likewise, professional...more

New Jersey’s New Social Media Privacy Law Takes Effect

New Jersey is now among a growing number of states with social media privacy laws to protect personal social media accounts of current employees and applicants. On August 29, 2013, Governor Chris Christie signed a bill that...more

Employees' use of social media - navigating the potential pitfalls

The use of social media is endemic. According to Facebook’s own statistics, the social networking giant has an average of 699 million active daily users, 1.15 billion monthly active users, and 819 million monthly active users...more

Healthcare Update, No. 4, November 2013: Facebook: The New Water Cooler – Not The New Vegas

As of June 2013, Facebook, the reigning social-media giant, had 1.15 billion monthly active users who spent an average of 8.3 hours a month on Facebook. During roughly the same period of time, Facebook users "liked" a...more

Policies on Personal Use of Company-Issued Electronic Communication Devices

Many employers permit their employees to access personal accounts from company-issued electronic communications devices. They also permit employees to use their personal devices for work. Those rules are both convenient for...more

Data Protection and Privacy Laws in the Middle East

Justin Cornish is counsel in the Latham & Watkins Outsourcing and Technology Transactions Practice. He is a frequent speaker on the topic of data protection and privacy laws. With IT spending in the Middle East projected to...more

Public Employees’ Facebook “Like” Is The Internet Equivalent Of A Political Yard Sign

The courts are taking steps to protect communications made via social media; e.g., Ehling v. Monmouth-Ocean Hospital Service Corp., No. 2:11-cv-03305 (D.N.J. Aug 20, 2013) (holding that private Facebook posts are protected...more

Law À La Mode - Issue 11 – Fall 2013

In This Issue: - Who are you wearing? Protecting the power of your name - Cosmetics – preserving their reputation: Concerns over chemical preservatives - Australian dollar heads south: Will parallel...more

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