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Lessons from Yelp: Responding to employee complaints on social media

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, Employee Handbooks, Technology & Law, Terminations, Wrongful Termination
Today’s Friday’s Five focuses on five aspects of responding to employee’s complaints made on social media.  Yelp has been in the news recently (Another ex-Yelp worker is calling the company out after being fired, CNNMoney; Yelp’s Tweet About Fired Employee Could Spell Legal Trouble, Inc.com [I was quoted in this article]), for how it responded… Continue Reading

Can/should companies follow employee’s on social media? Gary Vaynerchuk weighs in

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, Employee Handbooks, Privacy, Technology & Law, Terminations, Wrongful Termination
Gary Vaynerchuk discusses how he uses social media to engage with his 500 or so employees and addresses the risks on The Ask Gary Vee Show, episode 176 (video below).   Gary made his career using social media, and continues to do so in running his digital media company, Vayner Media.  So it does not come… Continue Reading

Friday’s Five: Facebook “likes” and employee’s calling employer “asshole” can be protected activities

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, Employee Handbooks, New Cases, Terminations, Wrongful Termination
FB mehJillian Sanzone worked for Three D, LLD, d/b/a Triple Play Sports Bar and Grille, as a waitress and bartender and Vincent Spinella worked as a cook.  The employees realized that they owed more money in State income taxes than expected and complained to the employer.  Sanzone, Spinella, and another former employee, Jamie LaFrance, began posting… Continue Reading

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

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

Interview With Guy Kawasaki on Enchantment

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, California Employment Law Podcasts
I recently had the opportunity to interview Guy Kawasaki about his New York Times best selling book Enchantment.  I like to think of the interview as an extra chapter to Enchantment specifically for business owners and human resource managers about how to effectively manage employees.  We spoke about the following topics: HR departments should be… Continue Reading
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