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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

“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

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

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

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

Should You Fire Employees Who Use (or Misuse, However Defined) Social Media?

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

A few days ago, The New York Times, ran a series of short essays from people on its “Room for Debate” page. The question it posed? “Should employers get tough with strict policies about social media activity, so that employees face consequences at work for what they say online?” Not surprisingly, the opinion’s ranged from… Continue Reading

Facebook Password “Privacy” Bill Is An Answer In Search of a Problem

Posted in Highlight, Legislative Developments, Social Media

The Connecticut General Assembly’s Labor & Public Employee Committee today is considering drafting a proposed bill “to prevent current or potential employers from requesting or requiring that employees or potential employees provide passwords to their personal accounts as a condition of their employment.” I won’t mince words. Proposed Senate Bill 159 is a bad idea.  It’s a solution in search of… Continue Reading

The Last Post About Social Media & Employment Law Ever. (Maybe.) (Not Really.)

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

Yesterday, The New York Times — about a gazillion years after this blog and other employment law blogs talked about it ad nauseum — wrote their definitive piece entitled on how “federal regulators” are “ordering employers to scale back policies that limit what employees can say online.” The headline?  “Even If It Enrages Your Boss,… Continue Reading

A New Year’s Resolution

Posted in Highlight, Human Resources (HR) Compliance

Five years is a long time. In the time span of the Internet, it might as well be a lifetime. So, after five years of doing this blog on nearly a daily (ok, business daily) basis, it’s time for a change. Now, I’m not retiring like other bloggers have.  But it’s time to recognize that… Continue Reading

Quick Hits: Holiday Parties, HIPAA and ADA, Non-Compete Agreements, “Supervisor”, Facebook

Posted in CHRO & EEOC, Class Actions, Discrimination & Harassment, Litigation, Social Media

It’s been a crazy week here for reasons I hope to share in a future post. But in the meantime, the world of employment law still continues. Here are some items worth reading that I had hoped to talk about further. This brief recap will have to do for now. Want some tips on how to… Continue Reading

Oversharing at Work: When Gossip Turns Into Something More

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Social Media

Do you know some of your co-workers deepest, darkest secrets? And did you want to know those secrets in the first place? Odds are, somewhere, sometime, you’ve had a co-worker that has shared a little too much information. Indeed, in this Facebook age, “oversharing” is turning out to be an issue; some employees just seem… Continue Reading

Analysts’ Financial Disclosures on Facebook Lead to Fine and Termination

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Social Media

In my talks about technology, one of the things I try to emphasize is that there is no “one size fits all” to your social media and technology policy. As an example, I often talk about how financial industries have additional regulations relating to things like “insider” information, that may provide a reason to furthe… Continue Reading

Example #438 of Why You Need a Social Media Policy

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Social Media

Thanks to all who came and attended our employment law seminar at the Hartford Club today. As a reminder, we’re running another one on October 18th.  More information is available here. At today’s seminar, we talked about the need for companies to implement a social media policy and also about how social media can get out of… Continue Reading

NLRB Keeps Doing What It Always Does. Why Is Anyone Surprised?

Posted in Highlight, Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Labor Law & NRLB, Laws and Regulations, Manager & HR Pro’s Resource Center, Social Media

I’ll admit something that might seem a little unusual and ironic:  I’ve grown a bit tired about writing about the NLRB and social media.  Perhaps, it’s because I’ve seen too many law firms and lawyers issuing newsletters, blog posts, and alerts each time the NLRB says something, anything, about social media.  Because people on social media… Continue Reading

Five Years Later, The Most Popular Post Was About….Wrestling?

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Social Media

As I continue to look back at five years of blogging, I’m still amazed at what happened on October 7, 2008. But before we get to October, the story starts back in late August 2008 when I was guest blogging over at Overlawyered.com — one of the oldest law blogs around.  I posted a story… Continue Reading

Five Years Later, The Biggest Impact on Employment Law Is….

Posted in Social Media

This week, this blog celebrates it’s fifth anniversary (on Wednesday, more specifically). All this week, I’m going to look back on a post or reflect on this blog through the years. Today, I’ll address what the biggest impact has been on employment law over the last five years. (Hint: It’s not the Employee Free Choice… Continue Reading

Facebook Posts From An Employee’s Termination Meeting? Plan for It

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

On Friday, I had the opportunity, along with my law partner, David Atkins, to talk about some of the pitfalls for in-house counsel of social media for WESFACCA.  (My thanks to Lee Cushman, the Executive Director, for the invite.)  One of the items that caught some of the attendee’s attention was my warning that company… Continue Reading

OMG! DUST NLRB Using Tech 2 Reach PPL re: PCA? UNTCO

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

Last week, employment blogs and news outlets were all abuzz about a new page by the National Labor Relations Board on its website about “protected concerted activities”. I’ve been trying to figure out whether or what to write about on it.  (If you’re concerned about the new webpage, then first go to the Delaware Employment Law… Continue Reading

Guest Post: NLRB Acting General Counsel Addresses At-Will Disclaimers and More at CBA Annual Meeting

Posted in Class Actions, Highlight, Labor Law & NRLB, Social Media

On Monday, the Connecticut Bar Association held its annual meeting. Lots of labor and employment law topics were covered, some of which I missed. I’ve asked one of my bar colleagues, Rita Trivedi — who will be a Teaching Program Fellow at Columbia Law School in the fall — to share her insights on the… Continue Reading

Think Twice Before Asking Applicants for Facebook Passwords

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

I told you so. It’s not very often you can say that. It is rarer still to have documented proof.  But back in 2008 — when nobody was focused on Facebook and there were fewer of you reading this — I said this about using Facebook to screen employees: Overall, employers should tread very carefully in… Continue Reading