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 follow on Twitter.

But I’m going to cheat, a little.

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Frankly, in looking over my lists from 2009 and 2012, I have a lot of repeats.  So, it should be obvious that some of those should be followed regardless of whether they are on a top 10 list.  (And really, anyone from those lists should be followed too even if I don’t re-mention them here.)So here are four of my “of course, you should already be following them” list:

  • Jon Hyman (@jonhyman) – Publisher of the Ohio Employer’s Law Blog. Great insights.
  • Molly DiBianca (@mollydibi) – Runs the Delaware Employment Law Blog with a wicked sense of humor and a self described “genuinely nice person”.
  • Eric Meyer (@eric_b_meyer) – Unfortunately a member of Red Sox nation but provides an irreverant look at employment law on The Employer Handbook.
  • Seth Borden (@SHBorden) – While Seth writes a bit less for Labor Relations Today then he did a few years ago, he has a particularly strong knowledge base in labor law.  Of course, as with Eric, he has a fatal flaw in his love of the Sox, but so be it.

Here are 10 more people to follow on Twitter for labor & employment law.

  1. Robin Shea (@robineshea) – I said back in 2012 that she was perhaps the “best lawyer you’re not following online”.  Still holds true.  Writes the Employment & Labor Insider which is a must read.
  2. Jeff Nowak (@jeffreysnowak) – Jeff knows the Family Medical Leave Act.  Follow him and you will too.
  3. Chai Feldblum (@chaifeldblum) – A self-described “first out lesbian EEOC Commissioner with hidden disability of anxiety disorder”, she provides extraordinary insights into the workings of the EEOC.
  4. Jason Shinn (@jason_shinn) – Jason write the Michigan Law Employment Advisor and consistently nails it. His last article on why delaying employee terminations is inevitably bad for the company is a perfect example.
  5. Paul Callaghan (@paulcall1) – An employment lawyer from over the big pond in London, Paul travels quite a bit to the United States and thus has a different perspective than most.  Plus, I’ve met him at several conferences and like the guy too.
  6. Walter Olson (@walterolson) – I’m kind of surprised I haven’t listed him before. He’s not strictly a labor & employment law person, though his well-known Overlawyered blog features the topic from time to time.
  7. Philip Miles (@philipmiles) – From the middle of Pennsylvania, Philip shares unusual employment law cases and interesting tweets too.
  8. ABA Labor & Employment Law Section (@abalel) – I’ve been involved with the section for a number of years and have met a number of terrific people that you should also be following too (@evilinheels, @adamsforman, @employeerights).   They may not tweet as often as some others, but I can attest that they are highly knowledgeable in the employment law area with a sharp wit as well.
  9. Mara Lee (@MaraLeeCourant) – This one is for the local folks.  Mara covers business and labor issues for the Hartford Courant; one of the few people in the state who is looking at the big picture.  I should also mention that Steven Greenhouse (greenhousenyt), who covers labor issues for The New York Times, is worth a follow as well.
  10. Eric Gjede (@egjede) – A business lobbyist, Eric represents employers’ interests for the Connecticut Business and Industry Association at the legislture on labor & employment law issues.   Bonnie Stewart (@CBIAbonnie), Cindy Panioto (@cbiahr) and others at the CBIA also  tweet noteworthy information for employers in the state regualrly.

And if you’re looking for something a little different, my firm (@shipmangoodwin) and one of my partners, Ross Garber (@rossgarber), also deliver high-quality tweets of interest to people in Connecticut and beyond.

Finally, by the very nature of a list like this, I’ve excluded others.  I’m following about 350 people at the present time on Twitter. Feel free to look at the list for further ideas.

I have no doubt I’m missing a few.  Who else should we be following or mentioning? Who have I forgotten? Feel free to add your favorites to the comments below.

In my presentations on social media this year, I’ve talked a bit about the Phonedog v. Kravitz case where an employer sued a former employee who continued to use the company Twitter account he had started.

Are Your Accounts Under Lock & Key?

When the employee left, he merely changed the Twitter account’s handle to his own name and took the 17,000 Twitter followers with him. 

The case was just settled this week for undisclosed terms; the Employment Law Daily blog does a good job recapping the lessons learned from that case here. (For another perspective, also check out the Social Media for Law Firm post on the same subject.)

One thing we DO know though is that the employee is keeping the Twitter account, which now has over 27,000 followers. 

What’s the Takeaway for Employers?

Consider requiring employees who use social media as part of their job to agree that the company owns the account.  Employers could, for example, ask for login and password information on specific accounts too.

One practical problem though is that some of these accounts sometimes blend the personal and professional, as the Trading Secrets blog has noted, so its important to have clear rules up front.  The Trade Secret Litigator blog has some more tips as well. 

Earlier this fall, another case, Eagle v. Morgan, also talked about this notion in the LinkedIn context.  The Employee Handbook blog did a nice summary as well.   Expect more suits like this in 2013.