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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

Announcing a Job Move on LinkedIn or Facebook - Breach of Contract or Fair Game?

It is always worthwhile to talk about current developments in the area of social media and employment law, and to look back at their contextual import. Much of the fun, however, lies in playing the forecasting game, and...more

Ownership of Business-Related Social Media Accounts

Social media platforms have become an increasingly important means for companies to build and manage their brands and to interact with their customers, in many cases eclipsing companies’ traditional “.com” websites. Social...more

Employment Flash - November 2013

In This Issue: - OFCCP Releases VEVRAA and Rehabilitation Act Section 503 Final Rules - US Supreme Court to Decide Whether Severance Payments Are Subject to FICA - SDNY Rules That NYC Human Rights Law Does Not...more

New Job? Think Twice Before Announcing it via Social Media

A lawsuit filed in Massachusetts state court recently raised the issue of whether a former employee’s LinkedIn post announcing a new job could violate an anti-solicitation clause of a non-compete contract with the former...more

Can I Use The Social Media Picture For My Story? – Part Two

Last time, we looked at whether the media can use images from social media sites applying fair use to several typical situations. Today, we look at the specific terms of service of various popular sites to see if some make...more

Ignoring LinkedIn Has Consequences

“What happens if I don’t clean my room?” my son, Taylor, recently asked me. Originally posted in The National Law Journal on July 29, 2013...more

Taking Legal Control Of The Company Social Media Account

What happens when the employee who set up the company’s LinkedIn account leaves? ...more

Forrester Research: B2B Marketers Need to Be Scientific about LinkedIn

It’s time to get scientific about LinkedIn. Many marketers, maybe you included, think that the LinkedIn platform hasn’t reached the point where it should be measured by the same standards as “traditional” marketing...more

Attorneys: Provide Value and Build Relationships with Content Curation

So, you’ve got your LinkedIn profile complete. You may have even signed up for Twitter. You know you need to continue to build your online presence – it’s impossible to get face time with past, current and prospective...more

The Importance of Strong Social Allies

Now, more than ever, it’s important to have strong allies on social networks. A few years ago when social networks were relatively young, it was easier to stand out. Slap a “follow me on LinkedIn/Twitter/Facebook” at...more

Should I Connect with People I Don’t Know on LinkedIn?

I get this question from attorneys A LOT. While my official answer has always been “Don’t connect with people you don’t know,” I still find guilt creeping in and causing me to “Accept” invitations from people I have never...more

Trade Secret Litigation Over Social Media: Is It Worth The Cost?

With the continually increasing popularity of social media websites like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, where members can be connected to friends, family members, co-workers, clients, and potential clients all by logging in...more

Labor Letter, July 2013: Social Media And Trade Secrets

Most employers are well aware of the various implications that the social media explosion has on the workplace. The various issues created by Facebook, LinkedIn, and other similar platforms lead to constant requests for...more

The 4 Types of LinkedIn Members

When it comes to LinkedIn, there are four kinds of people: Rockstars, Resumators, Rolodexers, and Reactors....more

Social Business ROI – Start with your employees

Add it to the list! ROI is quickly becoming an overused buzzword in corporate settings. However, whenever you make an investment in a business tool, whether it is actual dollars spent or simply your time, it is important to...more

LIMRA Study: 90% of Financial Services Companies Use Social Media

Norah Denley, Senior Research Analyst at LIMRA, released the results of a study last week on the growth of social media in the financial services industry. Among the study’s findings...more

Say What? Terminated Employees ‘Own’ Their LinkedIn Accounts (and the Company’s Trade Secrets)?

Companies are getting a big surprise these days: Employees are leaving with their LinkedIn accounts and the company’s proprietary list of business contacts. LinkedIn is a well-known, business-oriented social media website...more

Managing Your Social Media Accounts

Imagine a situation where you have a small business that is planning a major event at a sports venue and needs to utilize a variety of social media channels to publicize the event and garner support for it. Such a business...more

LinkedIn for Sales and Marketing: Fairy Tale with a Happy Ending?

The New Belle of the Ball - For years, LinkedIn played the poor stepchild to flashier consumer social sites like Facebook and Twitter. Millions of people signed up for LinkedIn, but mostly they used it to find...more

Three Simple Ways to Connect

“Which button do I push on LinkedIn for business development?” The chief marketing officer of a major law firm described to me fielding this question recently. Originally published in The National Law Journal on May...more

Outbound Recruiting Using LinkedIn’s Alumni Tool

Recruiting has been a top priority for PeopleLinx in the several months since closing our Series A funding. In fact, we’ve nearly tripled our staff since the end of March; as you can imagine, finding and hiring the right...more

Social Media Password Protection and Privacy — The Patchwork of State Laws and How It Affects Employers

Social media websites such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and others have become a part of daily life in the United States and abroad. The unavoidable reach of social media into our personal lives has extended into our...more

Always Be Connecting: Surefire LinkedIn Lead-Gen Tips

We all remember the scene: Alec Baldwin’s blistering, expletive-laden monologue to a team of tired sales reps demanding that they Always Be Closing, followed by lots of whining about weak leads and ineffective tools....more

Week in Review - May 23, 2013

Four different kinds of employees are causing employers grief in the modern workplace this week....more

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