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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

There is Such a Thing as Over-Sharing: Former Employee Forfeits Portion of Settlement Payment After Daughter Discloses Settlement...

It seems like every day there is a new case highlighting novel and evolving issues employers confront when people disclose information via social media. The latest example involves a hapless college-age daughter in Florida...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

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

Social Media & Non-Competition Clauses

In our earlier post (Are Non-Competition Restrictions Enforceable?), we reviewed “restrictive covenants” - these are clauses under which employees are bound by restrictions such as non-competition restrictions,...more

Some Firings Based on Social Media Use May Be Okay

In early November, an administrative law judge of the National Labor Relations Board dismissed a complaint filed against an employer, finding that the employer did not violate the National Labor Relations Act by withdrawing...more

First Amendment Does Not Prevent State From Firing Employee For Derogatory Facebook Comments

Though the First Amendment affords greater free speech protections for government employees relative to those in the private sector, the speakers do not have carte blanche to insult or deride whomever they see fit. Rather,...more

The Social Media Merry-Go-Round

I have posted before about National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)’s interest in social media, in several cases where employees were fired or disciplined after posting messages on social media sites critical of their employer...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

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

Week in Review - May 30, 2013

The pocket dial: it happens to the best of us. Usually it ends in muffled silence, but, as the events of this week show, sometimes it can result in major life changes, like unemployment or prison time....more

Employer Merely Granted Employee’s Wish To Be Terminated, NLRB Div. Of Advice Rules

Social media permeates society. It was inevitable that the increased use of smart phones and various communications platforms such as Facebook and Twitter would clash with the workplace. We have noted several instances where...more

Workplace Policy Institute: Social Media Password Protection and Privacy — The Patchwork of State Laws and How It Affects...

Introduction - 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...more

Employment Law Lessons From Chicken And Rice

Let’s first dispense with the opening hook by asking: Was Rutgers University acting “chicken” when it (finally?) chose to fire Coach Mike Rice only after public outrage over events that took place last year? Whether or not...more

The "Employee Tricked Me Into Firing Her" Defense

The NLRB continues to issue decisions about whether an employer can lawfully terminate employees based on social media activity, and whether workplace policies violate the law protecting employees’ rights to engage in...more

Employment Law Newsletter: April 2013

Post-Brinker Meal Break Decisions on Class Certification De-Published by California Supreme Court - We have previously reported on the California Supreme Court’s decision in Brinker Restaurant Corp. v....more

Twitter: Employee Who Complained about Sexual Harassment via Twitter Fired

Adria Richards is a self-described “endlessly enthusiastic technology evangelist.” While attending a large technology conference in Santa Clara, California, Ms. Richards overheard two men sitting behind her making a series...more

Facebook Postings Showing Misuse of FMLA Leave Can Form Sufficient Legal Basis of Termination

Based on the number of social media decisions from the National Labor Relations Board over the past two years, most employers understand that when employee Facebook postings constitute “protected activity” under the National...more

Tweet, Follow, Or Get Out Of The Way: What All Employers Need To Know About Social Media In The Workplace

Facebook. Twitter. LinkedIn. YouTube. Blogs. Email. Texts. Social media in the workplace has become a fact of life for all employers. Companies are learning that these once feared social media sites can be powerful marketing...more

NLRB Orders Reinstatement of Employees Fired Over Discussion on Facebook

In Hispanics United of Buffalo, Inc., 359 NLRB No. 37 (Dec. 14, 2012), the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) found that an employer violated section 8(a)(1) of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) by firing five...more

What Would Jesus Do?

On January 25, 2013, Chelsea Welch, a server at a St. Louis Applebee’s, was terminated from her position after posting online a photograph of a note a customer wrote on a receipt. The note, left by a Missouri-based pastor,...more

Employee’s Facebook Fumble Dooms Her FMLA Claims

As we have previously mentioned, an employer’s use of social media content has its risks and legal limitations. However, under certain circumstances, an employee’s social media activity may prove relevant to and warrant...more

The Dangers Of Social Media And Employee Discipline

As if compliance officers do not have enough on their plates. I have written about this before – the risks of interfering with employees’ “protected activity” on social media. What a nightmare and what a maze of confusion!...more

NLRB Issues Pair of Decisions Limiting Employer Discipline and Policies Regarding Social Media

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recently issued a pair of decisions helping to clarify the limits on employers’ ability to (1) discipline employees for their social media activities and (2) implement confidentiality...more

NLRB: Use of Social Media Can Be Protected Employee Activity

The rise of social media has led to the application of old law to new forms of communication. For instance, an effort by the National Labor Relations Board to educate workers on their right to engage in protected concerted...more

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