Category: Social Media Law

Business Owners: What Keeps You Up at Night? [Poll]

Which legal issues give you the biggest headaches? While you’re thinking about your response, here are a handful of recent legal updates on these very topics: Business Formation: Key Tips for Developing Business Plans for Entrepreneurs, Investors & Business Owners – Scott Legal Services, P.C. California’s New LLC Act Adds Confusion and Effects Little Change… Read more »

Social Media Policies Make Good Business Sense – Just Ask Edcomm

[Video Link: Social Media Law Report] “Social media law is in its infancy but, as time goes on, more parties will litigate to test its boundaries. ” (Mintz Levin) Who owns an executive’s social media account: employer or employee? According to a recent Pennsylvania court ruling, it’s the person whose name appears on the account.… Read more »

New FTC Rules for Digital Ads – Does Your Online Marketing Pass the Test?

Earlier this month, the Federal Trade Commission updated guidelines for advertising and marketing on the Internet. Entitled “.com Disclosures: How to Make Effective Disclosures in Digital Advertising,” it’s the first revision to the country’s online marketing rules in nearly 13 years, writes Neil Austin at law firm Foley Hoag, and is intended to adapt regulations… Read more »

What Goes Into a Social Media Policy? 5 Essentials

Social media policies are essential to every workplace manual. But what to include in your policy (which we bet you haven’t written yet)? Five recommendations from lawyers who know what they’re talking about: 1. Establish “ownership” of work-related social media accounts: “…these cases illustrate the importance of creating clear policies regarding the treatment of business-related… Read more »

Court Rules Against Obama: Is Your Company’s Social Media Policy Now Totally Invalid?

In late January, a DC circuit court ruled that President Obama’s “recess” appointments to the National Labor Relations Board didn’t actually happen during a recess, and were therefore invalid. The ruling has huge implications for many workplace issues. In early analysis, attorney Peter Felsenfeld of law firm Barger & Wolen reminds us that it will… Read more »

Workplace Issues: Latest Need- to-Know Employment Law News

What’s new in the world of employment law? Quite a bit, actually: employee privacy, ADA and ADAAA issues, theft of trade secrets, vacation policies, ERISA-related matters, social media in the workplace, FMLA leave, right-to-work laws, NLRB and EEOC activity, E-verify laws, wage-hour issues, background check approvals, and much more. Here’s a roundup of recent labor and… Read more »

2012 In Review – The Most Popular Small Business Support Posts of the Year

As we look back at the most-read stories of the year, three issues quickly rise to the top: Technology in the workplace, especially employee use of social media (both on and off the clock), Health care reform and how to comply with the new rules, and Day-to-day employment matters, from hiring to firing and just… Read more »

Social Media in the Workplace: What’s Your Company’s Policy?

Employee social media use – on and off company time – can create havoc for unwary employers. What to do about it? A good first step: watch these two videos on social media policies and procedures in the workplace. The first features labor attorney Eric Kinder (Spilman Thomas & Battle), who looks at some of… Read more »

NLRB Issues First Social Media Decision (And It Looks Very Familiar)

Earlier this month, the National Labor Relations Board rejected Costco’s social media policy, which prohibited employees from posting statements that “damage the Company … or damage any person’s reputation.” Denise Keyser and Mary Cate Gordon of law firm Ballard Spahr explain: “The Board found the policy overly broad, concluding that it reasonably could be interpreted… Read more »

Technology + Employees = Business Risk? More Than You Think…

Sure, data theft by disgruntled employees is a big deal (we’ve all read the surveys and seen the news headlines). But the “technology + employees = business risk” equation doesn’t stop there. For your reference, here’s a roundup of recent advisories on JD Supra that remind us how the benefits of the digital age can… Read more »

Social Media and the Olympics: A Lesson in Criticism Response for All Business Owners

[Link: #NBCfail: Twitter, the Olympics, Guy Adams & Justin Bieber] This Bloomberg Law interview with the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Trevor Timm on a larger issue (the Olympics #NBCFail fiasco and Internet censorship) also underscores an important point for all businesses in the Social Age: silencing online critics doesn’t always work in your favor. That (seemingly… Read more »

Social Media Law: Interesting Updates As Seen on Twitter

 There’s much to consider at the intersection of digital media and the law: data privacy, employee rights, consumer protections, intellectual property, defamation, NLRB labor rules, international regulations, crowdfunding concerns, emerging mobile tech laws … For a closer look at these issues (and others), we give you – without even the faintest trace of irony –… Read more »

Recruiters Should Exercise Caution When Evaluating Social Media Activity of Job Candidates

There’s been a lot of discussion in recent months of employer access to the public and private social media activity of candidates and existing employees. Recruiters? Not so much. That’s troublesome, writes employment attorney Alexander Nemiroff: “Recruiters are increasingly turning to social media to screen and recruit candidates. Jobvite’s 2012 Social Recruiting Survey found that… Read more »

Most Popular Small Business Posts – June 2012

The impact of Obamacare on smaller businesses, cloud computing legal issues, wage and hour lawsuits, and social media law are but a few of the subjects you’re reading about. For your reference, the most-read Small Business Support posts during the month of June, 2012: 1. Bring Your Own (Tech) Device to Work? That Could Be… Read more »