Yearly Archives: 2010

Social Media Advisor – Going Abroad To Fire An Employee

A couple of weeks ago, we posted about the lawsuit filed by the NLRB after a Connecticut company fired an employee over Facebook posts.   Much ink has been spilled in the ensuing days, with many employers becoming increasingly concerned about

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Social Media Advisor – Social Networking May Be Bad For Your Health

According to the Associated Press, doctors in Europe are warning that Facebook may trigger an asthma attack in susceptible users.    According to the reports, such an attack was triggered in an 18-year old man after he logged onto Facebook and

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Social Media Advisor – Staying On Top Of GINA

One of the more difficult things for employers, human resources professionals, and lawyers to do in the employment law field is keep up with all the acronyms.   One of the latest is “GINA”, or the federal Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act,

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Social Media Advisor – Insubordination (Alleged) With A Different Result?

And the cases continue to roll in…. Last week, we blogged about a recent NLRB complaint filed against an employer who fired an employee for criticizing her boss on Facebook.    Since then, on November 8th, an Arbitrator in Washington, D.C.

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Social Media Advisor – Walking the Tightrope of Insubordination and Concerted Activity

The National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”) is one of those employment statutes that is rife with misunderstanding in the minds of many employers who believe that the NLRA is only applicable to the unionized workforce.   In fact, while the NLRA

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Social Media Advisor – That’s Why They Call It A Trend

A “trend” is generally defined as a general course, drift or prevailing tendency.   In the battle between the potential privacy rights of a social networking site user and the desire of a lawsuit party to have full access to the

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Social Media Advisor – Background Checks The New-Fashioned Way

In increasing numbers, employers are looking at credit histories to make employment-related decisions.   A recent study by the Society for Human Resource Management found that as many as 60% of its members had consulted credit reports of applicants and current

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Social Media Advisor – When The Agency Comes Knock-, Knock-, Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door

The government is seeing the benefits of social media too.    Recently, the Department of Homeland Security revealed that United States immigration agents were being trained on how to use social networking sites to detect visa and other immigration fraud.   The

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Social Media Advisor – Facebook As A Religious Sanctuary For Your Employees

If an employee came to you and said that he can’t comply with your company’s dress code because he belonged to the Church of Body Modification, what would you say?   You may need to rethink that. I don’t watch ABC’s

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Social Media Advisor – If You Can Run, You Still Can’t Hide

Another court has issued a decision that continues one social media trend:   Despite what the terms of conditions may say for an employee’s social networking site, and despite what the employee’s own expectations may be, the “private” postings of an

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