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The Rise of Smartphone-Fueled, Social-Media-Addicted Smartphone Zombies

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to speak to the IASA Northeastern Conference on a favorite topic of mine of late — Privacy and Data Breaches in the workplace. Of course, that sounds kinda of boring....more

When the floodgates open, expect water at your doorstep

by FordHarrison on

About a month ago, my colleague Kristin Gray wrote about the breaking Harvey Weinstein scandal and best practices for employers to prevent harassment and discrimination from invading the workplace. And while I have no...more

SCOTUS Will Not Review CFAA Password Sharing Case

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The United State Supreme Court recently denied certiorari in Nosal v. United States, 16-1344, declining to weigh in on the scope of unauthorized access under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (“CFAA”). The Ninth Circuit held...more

“Hope I don’t get AIDS. Just kidding. I’m white!”: How to get yourself fired for a Facebook post

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Social media has created a minefield of concerns for both employees and employers. The news is full of stories of employees documenting their questionable off-duty conduct on social media, or posting comments containing...more

Flipping Out Over Flipping Off: What Are the Limits on Regulating Employee Political Speech?

Around the end of October, a photo of a government contractor employee flipping the bird to President Trump’s motorcade went viral after the woman made it her profile picture on Facebook. She was subsequently fired for a...more

Way to Get Fired Number 4,527: Posting A Picture of Yourself Flipping Off the President

In a prior blog post, we discussed whether a private employer can terminate an employee for protesting. This week, we have another example of “off-duty employee” conduct that may result in them standing in the unemployment...more

What If.... Harassment, “Me Too” and the Media.

by Fisher Phillips on

We encourage larger companies to establish a committee to meet every six to twelve months to engage in “What-if” risk planning. If we have learned anything this year, it’s that businesses face more unexpected risk than ever...more

LinkedIn – in whose professional interest?

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

LinkedIn is the biggest online network of professionals in the world. Many employers encourage staff to use LinkedIn to promote their organisation. While employees may share content relating to their organisation, they...more

Retail and Consumer Products Law Roundup - November 2017

Social Media, Behavior Policies Tossed by NLRB ALJ - Why it matters - Prohibiting social media activity by employees that “reflect[s] poorly” on the employer violates the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), an...more

Compliance News Flash

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

This week’s Compliance News Flash features information on New York City’s pay equity law, stats on FCRA litigation, personnel moves at the Federal Trade Commission, news about a Form I-9 scam, and information about my...more

Italian Labor Courts Admit “WhatsApp” Dismissals

by Bryan Cave on

The Italian Labor Court of Catania (the “Sicilian Court”), with its recent decision of 27 June 2017, ruled for the first time in Italy that employers may notify employees of their dismissals through WhatsApp (a ubiquitous...more

Withholding Evidence In sports Labor dsputes: What eSports can learn from Brady and Elliot? - Questions of Fundamental Fairness...

by Stinson Leonard Street on

For the uninitiated, eSports, is a professional sports league connected to video games, and is one of the fastest growing sports markets. While some chuckle at the growth of eSports, others are taking notice of the industry's...more

Employment Law - October 2017

Employer Bound by Oral Contract, California Appellate Court Affirms - Why it matters - Upholding an oral contract, the California Court of Appeal agreed with an employee that she should be paid a commission for certain...more

Supreme Court Denies Appeals of Notable Data Scraping, Computer Fraud Decisions from Ninth Circuit

This past week, the Supreme Court denied the petitions for certiorari in two noteworthy Ninth Circuit decisions that had interpreted the scope of liability under the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) in the context...more

The Supreme Court Punts on Clarifying the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act

The federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 (“CFAA”) has generated controversy and disagreement among courts and commentators regarding the scope of its application. The statute, 18 U.S.C. § 1030, which provides for...more

Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Password-Sharing Case, Leaving Scope of Criminal Liability Under Computer Fraud and Abuse Act...

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

On Tuesday, October 10, 2017, the United States Supreme Court denied certiorari in Nosal v. United States, 16-1344. Nosal asked the Court to determine whether a person violates the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act’s prohibition...more

Courts Uphold Law Enforcement Officer’s Discharge For Racially Insensitive Posts

The freedom of speech afforded by the First Amendment is remarkably broad. Several categories of speech, including even “hate speech,” are afforded varying degrees of protection. However, the freedom of speech guaranteed...more

Workplace Communications Policy Can Limit Later Discovery Burdens

Any employer that has been the subject of e-discovery requests can attest to the difficulty and expense encountered when compiling and producing company electronic communications. These burdens have been further exacerbated...more

Changes in the protection of employment related personal data

by Dentons on

On 14 September 2017, long-awaited drafts of new laws adjusting the provisions of Polish law to the Regulation (EU) 2016/679 – General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”), which will take effect on 25 May 2018....more

Uber Driver Compensation Claims Survive Summary Judgment in EDPA

On September 13, U.S. District Judge Michael Baylson of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania denied Uber’s motion for partial summary judgment in Razak v. Uber Technologies. It is the first time a district court in the Third...more

Retail and Consumer Products Law Roundup - September 2017

NLRB Upholds Retailer’s Rules on Confidential Customer Information - Why it matters - Macy’s rules prohibiting the disclosure of confidential customer information didn’t violate Section 8 of the National Labor Relations...more

Social Selling and the Gig Economy

by Fisher Phillips on

If you are a Millennial female with Facebook, I’ll make an educated guess that you have at least been invited to join a LuLaRoe group. Or perhaps you have recently attended (or hosted) a Stella and Dot party. Companies such...more

Employment Matters – UK - Snooping on Employees' Private Emails

Some of you might recall the case of Mr Barbulescu v Romania in 2016, which involved an employee (Mr Barbulescu), who sent private emails through his personal Yahoo account from an office computer. Some messages were innocent...more

Privacy of personal communications at work

by Dentons on

The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has held that the monitoring of personal messages on a work-related internet messaging account did breach the Article 8 right to privacy....more

Social media and the workplace in South Africa

by Dentons on

Big Brother is watching you: a snapshot analysis of the employee’s right to freedom of expression and right to privacy versus the employer’s right to protect against reputational and brand damage....more

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