California Employment Law Report

California Employment Law Report

The latest litigation trends, court decisions, & issues on California Employment Law

Tag Archives: social media policy

Everything Employers Need To Know About Social Media In the Workplace In 2013

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, Employee Handbooks, Technology & Law
I will be conducting a webinar on January 15, 2013 on legal issues of social media in the workplace. The presentation will cover everything a California employer needs to know about social media in the modern workplace of 2013: Discussion on the new law (Labor Code section 960) that prohibits employers from asking applicants and… Continue Reading

NLRB Issues New Memo On Validity of Social Media Policies

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, Employee Handbooks, New Cases, Technology & Law
In October 2012 the National Labor Relations Board issued an advice memorandum regarding whether an employer’s social media policy violated the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”). This memorandum is of importance because the NLRB has issued findings recently that employer’s seemingly neutral social media policies violated employees’ rights under the NLRA. Section 7 of the… Continue Reading

Inside Litigation Over Social Media Accounts – Why Employers Should Have Social Media Policies – Part I

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, Technology & Law
As previously written about on this blog, the case PhoneDog v. Kravtiz is one of the first cases in the country to deal with substantive ownership issues arising out of social media accounts used in the workplace. As companies are moving more and more away from traditional marketing and advertising towards the use of social… Continue Reading

Does the Company or the Employee Own a Twitter Account?

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, New Cases, Technology & Law
Imagine you are an employer and your employee in charge of your social media accounts leaves, keeps the accounts, and begins using the accounts while working for a competitor. Conversely, imagine you are an employee, leave employment to work for a competitor and your former employer sues you for $350,000 because you refuse to stop… Continue Reading

Everyone Needs To Calm Down About Social Media And The Law

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, New Cases, Technology & Law, Wrongful Termination
I would love to be able to tell my clients that the Internet and social media has created a very complex set of legal issues that requires them to hire me in order to help develop all new handbook policies, change the way they conduct background checks on applicants, and monitor their employees. However, unfortunately,… Continue Reading

Is The Jury Still Out On Social Media Background Checks?

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, Employee Handbooks, Technology & Law, Wrongful Termination
Mat Honan at Gizmodo wrote recently about a new company that helps employers search applicant’s “internet background” to assist in the hiring process. As Mat rightly points out, much of the concern over this “new technology” is overblown, and as he puts it, "[e]mployers would have to be stupid not to Google job candidates."  As… Continue Reading

UFC’s Social Networking Policy – Something All Employers Should Consider

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, Employee Handbooks, Technology & Law
I like the UFC’s approach to social media – reward its fighters with bonuses (totaling $240,000 per year) for having the most twitter followers and the most creative tweets. Is this a model a lot of employers could use in their workplace? Absolutely. Unless you find yourself with the few who are still wondering what… Continue Reading
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