Week in Review - January 9, 2014


Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr . . . it's cold out there! The recent cold snap that has swept the nation is affecting the workplace and technology. The cold weather serves as an important reminder for employers to have an up-to-date severe weather policy. In addition, before you email your employees from your smartphone at the bus stop to tell them that they don't have the day off work, check out NPR's reminder that your phone doesn't like the cold weather any more than you do. But don't worry; technology won't completely fail you this winter. We have a link to the top winter weather apps. Stay warm.

Technology and the Workplace
It's time to update your severe weather policy (Ohio Employer's Law Blog)
Flexible Work Location for FLSA-Exempt Employees (Employer Handbook)
New Year's Resolution: Social media training for your workforce (Employer Handbook)
Employment Lawyer Predicts the Future (Connecticut Employment Law Blog)
Social Media for Financial Institutions - Final Guidance (Privacy & Security Matters)
Social media misbehavior may (or may not) be enough for termination (Tech for HR)

Technology and the Law
LinkedIn sues hackers, says they created fake accounts to scrape data (ABA Journal)
Federal judge gives up his celebrated blog after story airs criticism (ABA Journal)
Could a Civil War-Era Law Stamp Out Bitcoin? (Wired)
CEO Says BlackBerry Sued Typo Because The Keyboard 'Is Our Identity' (Forbes)
France fines Google over data privacy (Reuters)

There's an App for That
Forget Tweeting The Polar Vortex. Phones Fail In Subzero Temps (NPR)
Fight the Cold with These Five Winter Weather Apps (Time)
Smart Contact Lenses Will Give You Superhuman Vision (Mashable)
Smart Headband Promises Better Dreams and Improved Sleep (Mashable)
CES 2014 features wearable gadgets, next wave of future technology (CBS)

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