Week in Review - February 14, 2014


The flowers and chocolates that will be delivered to employee desks this week for Valentine's Day are a great reminder for employers to think about the best practices for approaching workplace romances. For more information on that front, read on below.  Also, if this post is a reminder that you are behind on your Valentine's plans, check out the apps below for some ideas.

Meanwhile, love between lawmakers and technology is not in the air in Washington. A proposed bill to ban in-flight phone calls passed a committee vote this week and will now head to the House floor. In other news, a U.S. Senator is putting pressure on automakers and technology companies to do more to reduce driver distractions caused by in-vehicle use of mobile phones and other internet-connected devices.

Technology and the Workplace
How Employers Stop the Heartburn of Workplace Romances and Avoid Litigation (Employer Law Report)
OSHA Extends a Helping (Electronic) Hand to Health Care Facilities (Labor & Employment Law Perspectives)
Demoted for Posting Picture of Confederate Flag on Facebook Page (Delaware Employment Law Blog)
Revelations by AOL Boss Raise Fears Over Privacy (NY Times)
Pass Along to Your Employees: Passwords to Avoid (HR Daily Advisor)

Technology and the Law
Estate of James Dean sues Twitter and fan over @JamesDean account (ABA Journal)
One state considers replacing more court reporters with digital recorders (ABA Journal)
Maine judge: Cellphone company erred in turning over text messages in divorce case (Associated Press)
A bill to ban in-flight calls just cleared a key House committee vote (Washington Post)
In-Car Technology Law Vowed by U.S. Senator Unless Risks Curbed (Bloomberg)

There's an App for That
12 Apps to Make This Valentine's Day Your Best One Yet (Mashable)
11 Valentine's Day Gifts for Your Techie True Love (Mashable)
App Smart: Finding Love (NY Times)
Too late to say 'I love you' for Valentine's Day? New apps rush in (Reuters)
Social Networks Just for Two (WSJ)


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