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Your Workplace Is Going Viral #AlexfromTarget

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Social Media

For employers, the power of the Internet is pretty scary at times. The latest meme to hit the Internet won’t change that view. Sometime yesterday (Sunday) afternoon, someone tweeted a picture of a worker from a Target store. His name is “Alex”. We know this because of his name tag. And apparently he’s cute and teenagers started… 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

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

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

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

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

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: NY Deductions, ADA Accommodations, Offers of Judgment, FMLA Report, Facebook & Hiring

Posted in Class Actions, Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Laws and Regulations, Social Media, Wage & Hour

As the dog days of summer drag on, the news from the employment law arena slows to a trickle.  But here are a few recent stories that may be of interest to employers in Connecticut. New York recently expanded the types of things that employers can deduct from wages. For Connecticut employers with cross-border employees,… Continue Reading

A Day of Social Media: Internal Social Networks & Monitoring Employees

Posted in Social Media

I had the opportunity to speak today at Wesfacca’s Day of Social Media program.  If you’re looking for great information as an in house counsel, I would strongly recommend ordering the CLE materials. There were a number of issues brought up that were discussed but there were two that I haven’t seen addressed much elsewhere…. 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

Social Media Best Practices – Interview with LXBN TV

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Social Media

Last week, I had the great fortune of being interviewed by the Lexblog Network – which help provide support to this blog.  The interview focused on best practices for employers in engaging in social media. A few tidbits: We did this interview via Skype. If that’s not cool enough, I did so using my iPad… Continue Reading

NLRB: Not All Employee Facebook Posts Deserve Protection After All

Posted in Highlight, Labor Law & NRLB, Social Media

Last fall, the NLRB made headlines when it brought a complaint against a Connecticut employer for disciplining an employee for her Facebook posts. Back then, some commentators wondered what the limits were going to be. But over the last few weeks, quietly, we’ve been getting some of the answers. Just not in the format you’re… Continue Reading

What Employers Need to Know About Google+

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

Long time readers of the blog may be getting a feeling of deja vu with the title of the post. After all, it was about two years ago that I wrote about Google Wave.  That product was going to change the world way we communicate. (Fortunately, I didn’t make such bold predictions, other than to… Continue Reading

Is it Ever a Good Idea to Friend Subordinates or, for Teachers, Students?

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Social Media

Lately, I’ve been doing quite a few presentations on social media, including, most recently, one for a school district. One of the trickiest questions that comes up: Is it "legal" to "friend" a subordinate in the workplace? Or for teachers, is it "legal" to "friend" a student?  (I use the term "friend" to be the… Continue Reading

Teaching Teachers about Social Media and Technology in the Workplace

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Social Media

On Friday, I’ll be speaking to a group of local high school and middle school teachers about some best practices on the use of technology in the workplace.   Among the central messages of the presentation? No guideline can be a substitute for using good judgment and common sense. With teachers, that message is more important… Continue Reading

From the NEBA Conference: Of “Social” Media, Cloud Computing & The Future of the Law

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Social Media

Over the weekend, I had the opportunity to attend and present at the 40th Annual New England Bar Association conference in Mystic, CT.   Besides catching up with some of the brightest up-and-coming bar leaders (such as Jennifer Parent who will lead New Hampshire’s bar next year), the core programming focused on how lawyers and… Continue Reading

Will Facebook’s New Download Feature Change E-Discovery on Social Networks?

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Social Media

In my post earlier today, I noted that courts have been all over the map on whether someone’s Facebook page info was discoverable.  This afternoon, Facebook announced a new feature that will allow individuals to download all of their own data onto their computers (or into a file.) According to TechCrunch: Facebook Product Manager David Recordon… Continue Reading

The “Public” vs. “Private” Facebook Page: Thorny Issues for Employers

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Social Media

Are you scared of social media yet?  That seems to be the approach of newly-minted legal "experts" telling employers to be on guard for employees who use social media with the added suggestion that you can (and perhaps should) fire anyone who says anything silly or mildly inappropriate on Facebook.  If only it were that… Continue Reading

From the CBIA HR Conference: What Happens On Facebook May Not Stay on Facebook

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Social Media

We had a great turnout and reaction to the presentation yesterday at the CBIA Human Resources Conference in Rocky Hill. My thanks to all who sat in our packed room and the great questions that everyone asked. A few observations from the conference: The lines between work and personal activities continue to get blurred and… Continue Reading

Do You Need to Use Social Media to Provide Legal Advice on It to Employers? No, But…

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Social Media

Last Thursday in New York City, I heard the following. Your job is to guess where I was and who said it: I’m not sure what would possess any attorney to blog, but if you do, don’t divulge confidential information or berate judges I don’t use Facebook, but I understand that one of the purposes… Continue Reading

Law & Technology Symposium: The Power of Social Media Through Donuts

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Social Media

At the Connecticut Bar Foundation’s Law & Technology Symposium on Friday at UConn Law School, we spent some time talking about social media and the power of social networking. Many were convinced; some were not. For employers, it’s still a scary subject. The loss of control and of messaging is just too much for many… Continue Reading