Week in Review - January 3, 2014


Another new year has arrived.  Perhaps you have promised to make it a year of getting organized, getting fit, or giving more to charity.  On the technology front, social media is promising to make it a year of evolving workplace privacy law.  Legislative bodies, courts, and administrative agencies are expected to consider a number of interesting legal issues, such as employer access to employees' or applicants' social media and email accounts, administrative agencies' access to employers' email servers, and employees' rights to communicate online about their terms and conditions of employment.  Click on the links below to know what to expect in the coming year.  We also have provided links to apps that will help you stay on track with your new year's resolutions.

Happy new year!

Technology and the Workplace
Five Employment-Related Privacy Issues We are Tracking in 2014 (Employment Matters)
Teacher fired over Facebook groping photo could get her job back (Employer Handbook)
So your public relations executive just tweeted a racist joke that went viral . . . (Employer Handbook)
The Risk of Fishing for Support in an Employee Discipline Matter (Delaware Employment Law Blog)
Employers Win Latest Round in Social Media Prize Fight (The Law at Work)

Technology and the Law
District Judge Upholds Government's Right to Search Electronics at Border (NYTimes)
Proposed law in California would mandate smartphone 'kill switch' (ABA Journal)
Ill-timed tweets by prosecutor don't merit reversal, appeals court says (ABA Journal)
NSA's Phone Data Collection Program Lawful, Federal Judge Rules (WSJ)
Negligent Mom's Browser History Admissible (WSJ)

There's an App for That
5 apps for 5 New Year's resolutions (USA Today)
10 Apps to Help Your New Year's Resolutions Stick (Time)
6 Apps That Fit Charity Into Your Daily Routine (Mashable)
Exercise Game Tracks Your Fitness All Day (NYTimes)
10 New Year's tech resolutions (Telegraph)

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