Quick Hits: Ban On Cell Phones; NLRB & Social Media; Nursing Mothers; Retaliation, LinkedIn

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As another week passes by (seriously, where did January go already?), here are a few odds and ends that are worth a mention:

• Earlier this month, new rules regarding limits on the use of mobile phones went into effet by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The rule covers ”both, drivers of CMVs in interstate commerce, and also any drivers who operate a vehicle transporting a quantity of hazardous materials requiring placarding under 49 CFR Part 172 or any quantity of a material listed as a select agent or toxin in 42 CFR part 73.” Presumably, you should know if you’re covered but if you still have questions, here are the FAQ.

• The NLRB continues to issue memoranda addressing whether an employee’s use of social media is protected under federal labor laws. Brian Hall, of the Employer Law Report, suggests that the NLRB ”may be settling in on, dare I say, a more reasoned position when it comes to these kinds of cases.” The takeaway? Not all employee conduct is going to qualify for protection but the rules are still being developed...

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