Technology for HR

Trashing customers online: It hit the fan and your employee threw it

Technology for HR - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 08:58

by Jo Ellen Whitney You’ve heard the nightmare stories: Some employee tweeted or posted something that embarrassed his employer or shined the spotlight on the company and drew it into the national debate over social and political issues. In one recent example, ESPN “SportsCenter” anchor Jemele Hill tweeted that fans of the NFL...

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Recent developments in employment-related social media law

Technology for HR - Thu, 11/30/2017 - 09:13

by Thomas J. Lloyd III The legal issues surrounding the interplay between employment and private social media engagement is continually evolving. In view of some of recent developments, we are revisiting the issue and examining recent case law on the subject. Is it legal to regulate workers’ social media use? Recently, I’ve been...

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Employer justified in terminating employee over two offensive Facebook posts

Technology for HR - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 08:39

by Anna Matsuo In a nonprecedential decision, the 3rd Circuit agreed with a lower court’s dismissal of a former employee’s retaliation claims. Victoria’s Secret terminated the employee after she posted two offensive pictures on her Facebook account.   Facts Mindy Caplan worked as a district manager for Victoria’s...

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Court declines invitation to find LinkedIn post violated nonsolicitation agreement

Technology for HR - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 05:00

by Steven L. Brenneman Many business professionals frequently send and receive invitations to connect on LinkedIn and other social media sites. Recently, the Illinois Appellate Court wrestled with a company’s claim that its former sales manager breached nonsolicitation covenants by sending LinkedIn requests.  Profile Bankers Life and...

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What can you do when an employee gains unauthorized access to coworkers’ e-mail?

Technology for HR - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 09:03

by Tom Harper An employee’s unauthorized access or “hacking” of another employee’s electronic messages is a common concern in the workplace. Is such conduct illegal? Yes. Are there remedies for it? Yes. The U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals (whose rulings apply to all Alabama, Florida, and Georgia employers) recently...

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Microchipping employees creates lots of risk and unanswered questions

Technology for HR - Thu, 11/02/2017 - 07:42

by Justin Lessner A Wisconsin-based technology company, Three Square Market, recently announced a pilot program to implant microchips in its employees. There’s significant risk and uncertainty for employers considering such a program. This article addresses the potential risks of microchipping employees and the many unanswered privacy and...

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NLRB to supervisors: Don’t text and interrogate

Technology for HR - Thu, 10/26/2017 - 07:30

by Carita Austin On June 7, 2017, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a decision in which it found that an employer violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) when a supervisor unlawfully interrogated an employee by sending him a text message questioning whether his allegiance was to the company or to the union. Although the...

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Preparing for electronic discovery in litigation

Technology for HR - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 07:39

by Sarah Caldwell Breslin If you’re involved in current or even threatened litigation, you have an obligation to retain information that is reasonably likely to be relevant and turn it over during discovery (the pretrial exchange of evidence). In the electronic world we live in, this increasingly includes and often revolves around...

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Employee collects unemployment despite offensive Facebook post

Technology for HR - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 14:16

by Timothy K. Baldwin and Matthew D. Strauss In a recent case, Beagan v. R.I. Department of Labor and Training, the Rhode Island Supreme Court held that an employee who was terminated for posting derogatory Facebook comments about his supervisor was eligible for unemployment benefits. The court’s ruling is a cautionary tale that employers...

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HR manager fired for downloading, e-mailing himself company documents

Technology for HR - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 07:00

by Tom Harper A recent case before the federal appeals court with jurisdiction over Florida involved claims by a senior HR official at a Kia Motors plant who believed he was being directed to violate the law by reducing the number of African-American and older workers at the plant. After complaining about the allegedly illegal directive, the HR...

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