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Social Media Policies are organizational personnel policies that outline, often in employee handbooks, acceptable standards for online behavior, as well as ownership and maintenance of organizational social media... more +
Social Media Policies are organizational personnel policies that outline, often in employee handbooks, acceptable standards for online behavior, as well as ownership and maintenance of organizational social media accounts and profiles. The development and enforcement of Social Media Policies can be a controversial issue. For example, some Social Media Policies have been subjected to scrutiny by the National Labor Relations Board for being reasonably interpreted as discouraging "protected concerted activity."  less -

General Counsel Dishes Up Advice on 43 Charges, Including Google’s Decision to Terminate an Employee for Harassment and a Union’s...

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In some early spring cleaning, last week the NLRB’s Office of General Counsel released 43 memos authored by its Division of Advice meant to provide guidance to regional offices on pending charges. Here are...more

Employee Social Media and Employee Discipline – Caution

by Ruder Ware on

A number of companies have adopted social media policies that address the types of things employees can post on social media even if it is the employee’s private social media page. While companies have the right to protect...more

II-26 – Superbowl Concerns, Tax Reform/MeToo, Restrictive Covenant Crimes, and Expanded Religious Discrimination Theories

by Cozen O'Connor on

Is the Superbowl creeping into your workplace this week? Does Washington’s new tax reform impact how you settle sexual harassment cases? Can you actually go to jail for signing a restrictive covenant? Is there a new kind of...more

A Sexual Harassment Sea Change for Employers?

Social media supercharges the potential for sexual harassment allegations involving work colleagues and could lead to consequences for employers who fail to act quickly and appropriately. Recent events herald a change in...more

Revising Your Official Social Media Policy Guidelines: Lessons From Google

by Revision Legal on

In today’s market, every business has or should have an official company social media policy guideline or policy statement. Even if your business is small, a policy statement is essential. Indeed, TWO social media policy...more

New German Social Media Laws For 2018

by Revision Legal on

As the calendar turned to 2018, a new German social media laws are set to be vigorously enforced requiring social media sites like Twitter, Facebook, etc. to remove hate speech, fake news, and “criminal content.” While the...more

National Labor Relations Board Ends 2017 with a Flurry of Significant Decisions Reversing Recent Pro-Employee Precedents

by Dechert LLP on

Abandonment of Controversial Standards for Joint Employment and Review of Employer Policies Headline Slew of Changes - Since the election of President Trump, it has been a question of “when,” not “if,” the National Labor...more

Advisors Advantage - January 2017

by Ary Rosenbaum on

Plan Providers Should Encourage Participants To Rollover Assets. In so many ways, it makes sense. There are so many issues in advising retirement plan sponsors in your role as a retirement plan provider that you may...more

I-24 – Thankful for Volume 1, 2017, and Relationships

by Cozen O'Connor on

“It’s the Relationships, Stupid.” This final episode of 2017 looks back at the topics and guests from volume 1 of the podcast, and somehow ties former President Bill Clinton to today’s operative premise in employer/employee...more

In-House Counsel: How to Avoid Missteps in the Social Media Minefield

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

While social media has become ubiquitous, attorneys are subject to particular restrictions online. During Ward and Smith’s 2017 In-House Counsel Seminar two attorneys reviewed some of the potential pitfalls in-house counsel...more

Life Sciences Quarterly (Q4 2017): The Use of Social Media and Mobile Applications

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

What are the legal implications of using social media and mobile applications in clinical trials and the recent developments impacting research fraud investigations? In this recap of our fourth quarter presentation, which...more

Trump Tweets and Unemployment

Christmas is nearly upon us, and with it, those uncomfortable political discussions at the dinner table with loved ones. We all know that one person who is not shy about telling everyone why he or she supports a particular...more

Social Media in the Workplace: More Changes Ahead?

by McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC on

In days past employees discussed and debated workplace issues around the water cooler. That sentimental past-time has long since been replaced by online social media networking and the reach of social media is stunning....more

Memo From Labor Board’s Top Attorney Signals Change Is On Its Way

by Fisher Phillips on

The newly installed General Counsel for the National Labor Relations Board published a memorandum late last week indicating that the General Counsel is preparing to push to reverse many of the controversial positions taken...more

Termination For Social Media Activity May Result In Unemployment Compensation Benefits

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Q. Our Company just terminated an employee for a social media post that was in violation of our social media policy. Will she be entitled to unemployment compensation benefits? ...more

I-21 – Sexual Harassment (Still), Political Tweeting, and Intersectional Discrimination

by Cozen O'Connor on

Good faith and timing means everything in employment law. This episode of Employment Law Now provides an update from DC, discusses questions employers should be asking in today’s climate of troubling sexual harassment news,...more

Happy Thanksgiving and the Many Things for Which We Are Thankful

Before everyone gets out of the office to their various homes and families to celebrate the holiday, we wanted to review the year and count our blessings. Not only are we thankful that our families and colleagues in our...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

There’s no debate: freedom of speech presents challenging legal issues for workers and employers in the age of social media

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

John Pueschel, partner in the Winston-Salem office of Womble Bond Dickinson, examines the limits on employee free speech and use of social media against the background of recent events at Google and in Charlottesville....more

Day 3 of One Month to 360-Degrees of Communications in Compliance-The D&B Experience

by Thomas Fox on

How does one company and one Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) actively use social media to make more effective the company’s compliance culture? The company is the Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) and its CCO, Louis Sapirman, whom I...more

Federal Court Holds That Banning a Commenter From a Public Official’s Public Facebook Page Violates the Commenter’s Right to Free...

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

Davison v. Loudoun County Bd. of Supervisors, 1:16CV932 (JCC/IDD), 2017 WL 3158389 (E.D. Va. July 25, 2017). The District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia issued a declaratory judgment holding that an elected...more

I-17 – Engaging Your Employees in Today’s Workplace, Featuring Rick Turner at Whirlpool Corporation

by Cozen O'Connor on

Michael Schmidt, vice chair of Cozen O'Connor’s Labor & Employment Department, discusses how to engage your employees in today’s unique workplace and navigate a multi-jurisdictional set of employment laws. This episode...more

Technology Policies Protect The Company and its IP

A computer and technology policy is an important part of protecting and managing intellectual property. A business should consider establishing a policy that addresses the following points...more

Illinois takes the lead on employee privacy: What employers need to know

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

When it comes to employee privacy protection, employees in the United States generally do not have a right to privacy in their workplace. By contrast, members of the European Union recognize employee rights to privacy and...more

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