Sometimes there are advantages to leaving things unsaid, or at least not permanently documented via social networking platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Vine or Pinterest. This is especially true if your company or individual employees are named defendants in an employment lawsuit. For example, a plaintiff recently forfeited the right to collect an $80,000 settlement payment from his former employer because of his daughter’s errant Facebook post.
This is an update to Spencer Fane’s State By State Guide to Laws on Employer Access to Social Media Passwords and Usernames.
Spencer Fane Issues Updated Social Media Law Report. With the signing of social media laws in Vermont and Nevada, and the ending of many state’s legislative sessions, Spencer Fane has updated its Social Media Law Report. The report can be found here.
This article discusses Washington’s new Social Media law. On Tuesday, May 21, 2013, Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed into law Washington Senate Bill 5211. In doing so, Washington becomes the fifth state in 2013 to enact social media in employment legislation. Spencer Fane’s State by State Guide (updated with this development) can be found here.
Spencer Fane’s Labor and Employment Group has updated its State by State Guide to Laws on Employer Access to Social Media Passwords and Usernames. Four states have passed Social Media laws in 2013 (Arkansas, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah). Washington has a bill pending on the Governor’s desk.
Spencer Fane Labor and Employment lawyer Stan Craven was quoted by newspapers across the country this week on the National Labor Relations Board and efforts by legislatures to enact social media protection laws.
Mobile devices like laptops, smart phones, and tablets make it easier to work when you happen to be out of the office. They also have the potential to make confidential information readily accessible if your mobile device falls into the wrong hands. This post offers some quick tips to help ensure that your company’s confidential information stays confidential.
This article discusses California becoming the latest state to enact a social media privacy law for employers and employees.
This article discusses a pair of recent rulings in which social media posts – which were described as jokes or satire – get strong consideration by courts evaluating claims before them. In one case, the posts led to sanctions against a student. In another, the posts may impact an employee’s sexual harrassment claim.
This article discusses how Illinois has become the latest state to address social media in the workplace. Currently, there are two states which have passed laws to address the use of social media at work: Illinois and Maryland.