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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

Is Edward Snowden a Whistleblower?

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

Bill Introduced To Bar New Jersey Public Entities From Entering Into Confidential Settlement Agreements

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

Anti-Disclosure Provision In Farm Bill Being Considered

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

Here Come the Feds

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

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

New Employee Privacy and Union Voting Rights Laws in Virginia Go Into Effect July 2013

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

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

Texas Leg Watch 2013: Banning Employers From Demanding Social Media Passwords Bill To Hit House Floor Tomorrow

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

What the Pateaus Scandal Tells Us About Email Privacy

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

Recently Enacted Legislation of Interest to California Employers

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

Lawmakers Take Aim At Password Privacy

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

Legislative Update: Minimum Wage Hike, Personnel Files Act and Unemployment Discrimination Bills Fail

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

Calif. Assembly OKs Bill To Shield Workers’ Facebook Logins

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

California Legislation Aims to Protect Personal Social Media Account Access by Employers

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. ...more

Legislatures to Employers – Stop Asking for Social Media Login

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

California Businesses Cannot Let Guard Down

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 Employment Laws Taking Effect In 2012

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

2011 Education Legislation Summary

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

Employment Law Advisory for September 14, 2011: Checking An Applicant’s Credit History - Part 2: Assembly Bill 22

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

Compromise Agreements, Andy Coulson, and Confidentiality Clauses

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

Fenwick Employment Brief - July 13, 2011

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

California Governor Vetoes Bill Restricting Employer Use of Employee Credit Reports

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

German Data Protection Landscape is Changing

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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