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The Risks of Pre-employment Social Media Screening

An increasing number of states have recently passed laws that prohibit employers from obtaining passwords to a job applicant’s social media accounts. Such legislation highlights companies’ interest in finding out as much as...more

Business Law Newsletter - May 2014

In This Issue: - Enforcing Oral Contracts: The Presumption is Against You - You’ve Been Served... A Lawsuit Via Facebook?!?! - Excerpt from Enforcing Oral Contracts: The Presumption is Against...more

Construction E-Note - April 9, 2014

In This Issue: - Ongoing Or Completed Operations? Fifth Circuit Finds No Duty To Defend Contractor Under Additional Insured Endorsement - Your Venue, My Bond Claim: A Florida Law Primer - The Condominium Form Of...more

Employer Access to Employee Social Media: Applicant Screening, ‘Friend’ Requests and Workplace Investigations

A recent survey of hiring managers and human resource professionals reports that more than two in five companies use social networking sites to research job candidates. This interest in social networking does not end when the...more

Social Media Is Part of Today’s Workplace but its Use May Raise Employment Discrimination Concerns

Experts Tell EEOC That Use of Social Media by Employers, Applicants and Employees May Implicate the Laws EEOC Enforces - WASHINGTON-The use of social media has become pervasive in today's workplace and, as a result, is...more

Social Media Job Updates: The “Footprints in the Snow” Showing Customer Solicitation?

In this era of hyper self-promotion and cyber networking, through the wonders of social media, former employees are commonly creating some of the most incriminating evidence establishing their violation of non-compete and...more

Take 5 Newsletter: Five New Challenges Facing Retail Employers

Retailers face new challenges every day as a result of legislation, litigation, and technology. This Take 5 addresses some of these challenges. 1. Pregnancy Accommodation - Several states and municipalities...more

Using Social Media In Hiring Decisions: Is It Really Worth The Risk?

Employers today often utilize social media websites such as Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace to investigate job applicants (or current employees) as part of the hiring process. This article discusses the following trends and...more

Facebook: Fireable Offense or Free Speech?

The interplay between an employee’s postings on Facebook and the impact of those postings on his or her employment status is an evolving area of the law. Just last month, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of...more

Employment Law -- Dec 20, 2013

Despite $27,000 Jury Award, 9th Circuit Approves Almost $700,000 in Attorney’s Fees - Why it matters: Affirming the broad discretion of federal district court judges to award attorney’s fees, the Ninth U.S. Circuit...more

Week in Review - December 12, 2013

Your company holiday party can be added to the list of things impacted by technology. In addition to the risk of alcohol-induced harassment, injuries, or property damage, employers should be mindful that technology and mobile...more

New Jersey Social Media Privacy Law

Remember that on December 1, 2013, New Jersey’s social media privacy bill (A2878) becomes law. This law (detailed in the September 2013 issue of the New Jersey eAuthority) bars employers from requiring or requesting that any...more

10 Ways HR Departments Violate the Law Without Realizing It (And What To Do About It)

Employers of all varieties face lawsuits arising from claimed violations of employment laws. Often such violations are inadvertent and entirely avoidable. Here is a list of ten ways a human resources department may violate...more

Two new laws in New Jersey are a balancing act between businesses and employees

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie promised to promote economic activity and job creation. Recent legislative activity illustrates how he is striking the balance between making New Jersey business-friendly and protecting the...more

What's in a "Like"? Precedent-Setting Case Poses New Risk for Employers

The ubiquitous thumbs-up icon in Facebook has gained new prominence for private employers. In a case of first impression, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit held that an employee fired for "liking" the campaign...more

New Jersey District Court Holds That Stored Communications Act Protects Employee’s Private Facebook Posts, But Employer Still Free...

In Ehling v. Monmouth-Ocean Hospital Service Corp., No. 2:11-cv-03305-WJM-MF (D.N.J. Aug. 20, 2013), a registered nurse was fired after her employer viewed several of her controversial private Facebook posts. In a matter of...more

At Least The Unicorn Won’t Sue You

When not writing about the legal issues raised by my favorite TV shows, most of this blogger’s Law Law Land blogs have involved either employment law or social media issues. So you can imagine my sheer delight when the news...more

Making Sense of the Complex Patchwork Created by Nearly One Dozen New Social Media Password Protection Laws

The legislative torrent has been virtually unprecedented in the area of workplace privacy. In a single season, spring 2013, seven states enacted social media password protection legislation, bringing the total number of...more

Employers Cannot Access Applicant or Employee Personal Social Media Accounts, Says Nevada

On June 13, 2013, Nevada's governor signed A.B. 181 to restrict employer access to applicants' and employees' personal password-protected social media accounts, adding to the state's existing anti-discrimination statute that...more

Week in Review - June 20, 2013

Summer has finally arrived. While some are outdoors splashing in the lake or pool, there are others who prefer to spend their time making waves online. This week, for example, we bring your stories of a Wendy's employee who...more

Colorado Legislative Wrap-Up

The 2013 Colorado legislative session resulted in three new laws that are significant for employers....more

Nevada: Inquiring About Personal Social Media Will Be Illegal

Unless it is necessary to comply with a state or federal law or regulation, effective October 1, 2013, it will be illegal for a Nevada employer to require, request, or even suggest that an employee or a prospective employee...more

Fenwick Employment Brief - June 2013

In Oxford Health Plans LLC v. Sutter, the United States Supreme Court affirmed an arbitral decision allowing the plaintiff to proceed with classwide arbitration even in the absence of express language to that effect in the...more

Why Can’t We Be “Friends”? Because The Oregon Legislature Says So

Riding a wave of national news stories about employers forcing applicants or employees to turn over social media passwords as a condition of employment, the Oregon legislature recently passed House Bill 2654....more

Oregon Passes Social Media in the Workplace Law

On May 22, 2013, Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber signed into law House Bill 2654, making Oregon the tenth state to enact a law prohibiting employers from accessing employees' private social media sites. The new law, which...more

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