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You Don’t Own Me—Is it Employer or Employee Social Media Content?

Many employers have implemented employment contracts and policies that specifically provide that the employer owns all developments, technological or otherwise, by employees during their employment. But what happens when...more

NLRB Continues Aggressive Crackdown on Social Media Policies

In the past few years the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) has taken an increased interest in whether workplace policies prohibiting employees from discussing the terms and conditions of their employment on social...more

Rhode Island Enacts Employee Social Media Privacy Legislation

Rhode Island has recently enacted legislation intended to protect job applicants’ and employees’ social media accounts and information. The new law prohibits employers from requiring job applicants or employees to disclose...more

NLRB “Unfriends” Employer Over Facebook “Like”

On August 25, the National Labor Relations Board found in Three D, LLC, d/b/a Triple Play Sports Bar and Grille v. Sanzone, Case No. 34-CA-012915, and Three D, LLC, d/b/a Triple Play Sports Bar and Grille v. Spinella, Case...more

Employers Are Not Going to "Like" This NLRB Decision on Social Media

The National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) has issued yet another decision which should cause all employers, even those without unions, to think very carefully before disciplining any employee for their actions on social...more

Week in Review

The National Labor Relations Board continues to focus on employer social media policies and employee discipline for online activity. In a ruling this week involving Triple Play Sports Bar & Grill, the Board concluded that...more

Social Media Guide for Lawyers v.2.0: Sample Social Media Policies

RESTRICTIVE SOCIAL MEDIA POLICY - Introduction - Social media encompasses a broad sweep of online activity, all of which is trackable and traceable. These online networks include not only the blogs you may write...more

Protecting Your Employees (And Your Company's Image) Online

The best and most effective way an employer can combat social media-focused harassment is through education and training on what behavior the company will and will not find acceptable....more

The Monsters of the Digital Age

Like the beasts of Tolkien’s imagination, digital trolls skulk around the internet shrouded in anonymity, unprovoked yet fiercely attacking the unwary. These trolls are individuals who use anonymous screen names to post...more

Lessons on Social Media in the Workplace

The following is a guest blog post by Tyler M. Paetkau, a partner with Hartnett, Smith & Paetkau in Redwood City. Tyler represents employers in all aspects of labor and employment law. He’s a frequent author and speaker on...more

Social Media Policies in the Workplace

Social media usage is now ubiquitous: - Facebook users spend more than 10.5 billion minutes per day on the website. - LinkedIn has more than 277 million members in over 200 countries and territories. - Twitter...more

Status Updates - August 2014 #6

..Ahead of the law? In Hidalgo County, Texas, a former sheriff has been sued civilly over allegedly illegal campaign contributions. (He was also criminally convicted of money laundering.) At a civil deposition in the case, a...more

Special Report: Social Media Roundup

Social Media Roundup - Rhode Island, Louisiana, New Hampshire, and Oklahoma are the latest states to provide prospective and/or current employees with increased social media protections, following Tennessee, Wisconsin,...more

The costs of social media

Misuse of social media can prove expensive. The New South Wales District Court’s recent decision in North Coast Children’s Home Inc v Martin [2014] NSWDC 125 demonstrates that defamatory remarks posted on social media...more

Enforcing Your Policies Outside The Workplace

All employers adopt and enforce policies regulating conduct at the workplace. Many employers expect that employees will follow their employment polices at all times regardless of whether the employee is working or at work....more

Landry's Inc. v. Flores: NLRB Ruling Bucks Trend, Hints that Non-Infringement Provisions in Employee Handbooks may be Lawful

On June 26, a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) judge ruled that Landry’s Inc., parent of Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., did not violate federal labor laws with its policy governing employees’ use of social media. Administrative...more

NLRB Work Rule Decisions Continue to be a Mixed Bag

As the NLRB continues to wade through the pool of issues arising from social media policies and other workplace rules, an Administrative Law Judge’s recent decision in Cellco Partnership d/b/a Verizon Wireless (July 25, 2014)...more

10 Ways Your Personnel Policies Are Exposing Your Company to Legal Risk (And What to Do About It)

Your company’s personnel policies set expectations and standards for your employees, and can be used as a key defense tool in litigation. Accordingly, it is important to conduct regular audits of these policies to ensure they...more

4 Ways Compliance Can Leverage Social Media (Provided Social Media Training is Included)

I’m still combing through the PwC “State of Compliance” survey. It’s very well done; if you haven’t had a chance to read it, I recommend you take the time. I’ve you’ve read my recent blogs, you know I have social media on the...more

Week in Review

We hope you had a happy 4th of July weekend! Last week’s news included more employees making headlines for their misuse of social media. The links below highlight three cases in which employees’ social media activity or...more

NLRB Administrative Law Judge Rulings on Work Rules and Social Media Policies Continue to Perplex

The NLRB may be getting #SocialMedia, but confusion concerning employer work rules and social media policies became obvious yet again in Professional Electrical Contractors of Connecticut (June 4, 2014). In this decision, ALJ...more

Status Updates - June 2014

..The CIA has entered the realm of social media, setting up a Twitter presence and a Facebook account. There one can find, among other things, reflections on intelligence history and fun facts from the CIA World Factbook...more

Oklahoma and Louisiana Become the Latest States to Enact Social Media Password Protection Laws

Weeks after Wisconsin and Tennessee enacted their own legislation aimed at restricting access by employers to applicants’ and employees’ personal online content, Oklahoma and Louisiana have followed suit, further complicating...more

Federal ALJ Says Social Media Policy Cannot Require Employees to State That Their Opinions Are Not Those of the Company

In recent years, the National Labor Relations Board has attacked a range of employer social media policies that sought to restrict employees’ complaints or disparaging remarks about their employers. The NLRB contends that...more

Social Media Misuse in the Workplace Rising, Companies Take Action and Implement Policies

Social media is an increasingly essential tool in today's business environment but as employers are learning, it carries inherent risks. More employers are taking disciplinary action and implementing social media policies to...more

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