Topic: Social Media

In the Workplace: Latest Need-to-Know Employment Law News

Latest I-9 forms, ADAAA rulings, NLRB developments, new state laws and federal regulations … keeping up with the myriad legal requirements of managing your employees can be challenging for the best of us. This roundup of recent employment law updates should help: The “Employee Tricked Me Into Firing Her” Defense (Cozen O’Connor): “The NLRB continues… Read more »

Is Crowdfunding the Best Way to Raise Money for My Startup? (Spoiler Alert: Probably Not)

Excited about the arrival of crowdfunding? You shouldn’t be, writes Brian Korn of law firm Pepper Hamilton: “When compared to other forms of private placements, crowdfunding is not a feasible option.” He explains: “Crowdfunding began with the concept of small enterprises engaging in online capital-raising through social media and raising funds from people they did… Read more »

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 »

New Year Brings New California Employment Laws

California employers and HR managers take note: the winds of change are blowing in your state, and they’re headed right for your employment practices… On January 1, 2013, a broad range of new and revised labor regulations go into effect. Here’s a look at nine of them: 1. Written contracts for employees on commission: “Beginning… 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 »

Breastfeeding, Social Media, Wages, Human Trafficking: California Employers Face Mountain of New Labor Laws

On September 30, 2012, California’s Governor Jerry Brown signed a package of new employment laws and amendments to existing statutes, most of which go into effect on January 1. Here are some of the highlights: On social media privacy: “Assembly Bill No. 1844 prohibits an employer from ‘requiring or requesting an employee or applicant for… 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 »

Can We Use that Picture on Our Website? “Fair Use” in a Pinterest World

Although the growing popularity of sharing sites like Pinterest might give the impression that photographs, drawings, videos, and other Internet content are free for the taking, nothing could be further from the truth. From law firm Mintz Levin: “If these photographs were placed online by the individual who took the photograph, and there are no… Read more »