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Ten (+4 More) People to Follow on Twitter for Labor and Employment Law

Posted in Highlight, Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Social Media

Since the last time I published a list of labor & employment law lawyers to follow back in 2012, there are just a bunch of you out there now using Twitter. (And I presume you’re already following me @danielschwartz, right?) So, it’s probably time to update my list of labor & employment law-related people to… Continue Reading

Social Media Demonstrates New Minefields for Users (and their Parents)

Posted in Social Media

Many were quick to point out this interesting case but my colleague Robin Frederick sums it up best in today’s post.  If this doesn’t convince you to “friend” your kids on Facebook, I’m not sure anything will! Most tech-savvy parents counsel their kids to be careful about what they put on Facebook and other social media because their… Continue Reading

Got a “Secret”? Firewalls Are Not Stopping Spread Of Social Media

Posted in Highlight, Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Social Media

If it seems that there are more social media apps out there than ever before, you’re not going crazy.  No longer do employers just have to worry about Facebook. Rather, a whole host of sites has popped up leading to new headaches and challenges for employers. I’ve talked about this before, but Law360 published a… Continue Reading

Recipe for Disaster: Who Owns Your Work-Related Social Media Accounts?

Posted in Highlight, Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Social Media

With all that was going on with the holidays, my colleague Peter Murphy reminds us that ownership of work-related social media is not an issue to take lightly.  Why? Well, let Peter take the story from there…. Back in May, Dan posted some very helpful advice to employers about ownership of work-related social media accounts. … Continue Reading

Employment Lawyer Predicts the Future. What Happens Next Will Restore Your Faith in Humanity.

Posted in Highlight, Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Labor Law & NRLB, Laws and Regulations, Legislative Developments, Social Media

If you spend anytime on the Internet, you’ve come across headlines like this one. (Yes, it’s a little bait-and-switch, but you were expecting that, weren’t you?). Indeed, sites like Upworthy have become big business in the last year all due to headlines that you can’t resist. Well, that and Grumpy Cats. (For an excellent recap… Continue Reading

Offensive Tweets and Twitter Justice: The Tale of Justine Sacco for Employers

Posted in Highlight, Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Manager & HR Pro’s Resource Center, Social Media

Have you heard of Justine Sacco? If you’re on social media, it was hard to avoid over the weekend. She was the public relations professional who posted an offensive tweet on Friday before boarding a plane to South Africa. Never mind that she had only 200 or so followers when she made the tweet.  By the… Continue Reading

“My Employee is on Facebook Four Hours a Day. What Do I Do?”

Posted in Highlight, Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Social Media

Last week, I had the opportunity to speak to the Connecticut Technology Council’s IT Summit. The panel discussion, entitled “Social Media: How to Manage Your New Digital Workfoce and Your Workforce ‘Friends’”, explored the impact of social networking on how businesses communicate with customers and employees, and how to reconcile the need for security and… Continue Reading

“Simply the Best”, from an Employment Lawyer

Posted in Discrimination & Harassment, Social Media

Over the years, we’ve had a little fun on this blog, with friendly bets with other employment law attorneys, over everything from a sports event to, well, a sports event.  The loser traditionally has to extol the virtues of the winning team on an employment law blog with some loose employment law tie-in. Last week,… Continue Reading

Read About the Absolute Very Latest on Social Media (Before It Disappears)

Posted in Highlight, Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Social Media

Today, I spoke at my firm’s semi-annual Labor & Employment seminar on seemingly everyone’s favorite topic lately: social media. We had a huge crowd today and had a lot of audience participation.  I know I speak for my whole department in thanking those who attended. One of the topics that several people spoke to me… Continue Reading

Snap(chat), Kik & Whisper: What Social Networking Apps Your Employees Are Using Today

Posted in Highlight, Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Social Media

It may be hard to remember, but during the first year of the blog in mid-2007 to 2008, there was barely a mention of social media and its impact in the workplace.  Just a single reference in January 2008 noting that with sites like Myspace (!), “employees from around the country can share information instantly, making it… Continue Reading

You Cannot Prevent Your Employees from Using Social Media

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Social Media

For many years, employers set up firewalls at work that prevented employees from going to certain websites. Didn’t want your employees shopping at Amazon? Block the site. Didn’t want your employees posting updates at Facebook? Block the site. But here’s the reality: Smartphones have made those firewalls meaningless.  Information, as I’ve said before, wants to… Continue Reading

Upcoming CCSU/ITBD Breakfast Seminar on Social Media Policy

Posted in Highlight, Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Social Media

Interested in social media for business but wondering how to deal with a policy to manage it? Central Connecticut State University’s Institute for Technology & Business Development is sponsoring an executive breakfast series seminar on October 3, 2013 from 7:30-9:30 a.m. on Social Media Policy. I will be among the panel of speakers discussing the subject. … Continue Reading

A “Like” is a Like, Court Says, and is Protected Free Speech

Posted in Highlight, Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Labor Law & NRLB, Social Media

In a closely watched case, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals held yesterday that a “Like” on Facebook is a form of speech that is protected under the First Amendment. In doing so, it kept alive a lawsuit brought by an employee who claims he was fired for supporting an political candidate who was running against his boss. … Continue Reading

Does Your Social Media Policy Cover Photos and Videos in the Workplace?

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Social Media

There is a certain bit of irony about recording an interview at work that appears on YouTube about, well, employees posting videos from work. But if you can look past the irony, you might learn a few things. In my interview with LXBN this week, we talked about how we got to this point with… Continue Reading

A New Beginning at Shipman & Goodwin LLP

Posted in Featured, Highlight, Manager & HR Pro’s Resource Center, Social Media

That headline sort of says it all, doesn’t it? Yes, as of this morning, I am now a partner at Shipman & Goodwin LLP in Hartford, CT in its Labor, Employment & Benefits Practice Area. It’s big for a partner to change firms in Connecticut.  Not nearly as big as, say Nate Silver and his… Continue Reading

Mama Don’t Take My Kodachrome Away; NLRB Agrees

Posted in Highlight, Labor Law & NRLB, Social Media

Kodachrome You give us those nice bright colors You give us the greens of summers Makes you think all the world’s a sunny day, oh yeah! I got a Nikon camera I love to take a photograph So Mama, don’t take my Kodachrome away – Paul Simon, “Kodachrome” A few months back, I was one… Continue Reading

The Next Frontier for NLRB: Videos & Photos in the Workplace?

Posted in Highlight, Labor Law & NRLB, Social Media

At the Connecticut Bar Association’s Annual Meeting, NLRB Boston Regional Director Jonathan Kreisberg gave a thorough update on the agenda of the federal agency. While most of the discussion focused on the latest pronouncements of social media, during my presentation on Vine and other photo/video social media sites, he also mentioned something that hasn’t often… Continue Reading

CBA Annual Meeting: Resources on Social Media & Employment Law

Posted in Highlight, Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Social Media

This afternoon, I’ll be speaking to the Connecticut Bar Association’s Annual Meeting on a topic that is familiar to blog readers: The Intersection of Employment Law and Social Media. If you’re attending, please stop by to say hi. There are a few resources that I’ll discuss in the presentation that I would recommend here: First,… Continue Reading

The Underside of Vine: Another Headache for Employers

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Social Media

As I highlighted last month, Vine – a new video-sharing app — is quickly infiltrating the workplace.  Since my original post, I’ve been keeping tabs on what people are doing on it. And it isn’t pretty.  Videos seem to be increasing with people using hashtags like “#work” or “#worksucks” daily.  They are also using hashtags… Continue Reading

You’ve Got a “Friend” In Me: A Free Webinar on the Latest in Social Media & Employment Law

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Social Media

With apologies (credit?) to Randy Newman, you’ve got a friend in me.  Or at least an online “friend.”  It’s better than having enemies, right? Regardless, you’re cordially invited to join me and others for another Pullman & Comley, LLC webinar on employment law.  I’ll be leading the charge this time around with this webinar entitled: “With ‘Friends’ Like These: Where… Continue Reading

Workplace Issues Now Grow on “Vines”; Why Employers Need a Policy More Than Ever

Posted in Highlight, Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Manager & HR Pro’s Resource Center, Social Media

As I said in an earlier post, I’ll be speaking about Social Media and the Workplace, as part of WESFACCA’s “Day of Privacy” presentation later this week.  One of items I hope to touch on is the fact that with the proliferation of apps and social media, it is growing increasingly difficult for employers to catch up…. Continue Reading

WESFACCA’s “A Day of Privacy”: Social Media & The Workplace

Posted in Highlight, Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Social Media

On Thursday, April 18th, the Westchester/Southern Connecticut Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel (known as “WESFACCA”) holds an event that you’re not going to want to miss. Entitled “KEEP IT SECRET. KEEP IT SAFE. Privacy Developments, Requirements and Practical Applications for Corporate Legal Counsel”, the day-long program in Darien, Connecticut, will focus on things… Continue Reading