Topic: Social Media

Social Media in the Workplace: Lawyers Weigh In… [With Video]

Much has been said lately about the dubious practice of asking for Facebook passwords during job interviews. But, as you can tell from our quick roundup below, this is not the only issue at the intersection of social media, your business governance policies, and the law. For your consideration [updated 4/12 with video – see… Read more »

Workplace Policies in the Social Media Age: a User Manual

From law firm Fenwick & West, a comprehensive review of the issues facing employers in today’s digital workplace. There’s something for everyone – and every situation – in this 129-page update, from background searches to employee privacy to the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act: “Given the mobility of electronic information, the stakes keep getting higher… Read more »

Most Popular Small Business Posts – Mar 2012

What’s on your mind? Employee theft, internships, social media, business funding, healthcare reform, and a range of other small business-related legal topics. For your (re)reading pleasure, here’s a look at the most-read Small Business Support posts over the past month: 1. Employee Theft: What Are People Stealing on the Job? “No, it isn’t a headline… Read more »

Lawyer: Asking for Facebook Password in Hiring Process Might Violate the Federal Stored Communications Act [Video]

The web is abuzz with news (and fairly unanimous outrage) that some employers are asking job candidates for their Facebook passwords, as a way to do proper due diligence on the folks they’re hiring. Make what you will of the practice, personally, there are certainly legal implications to it. Here’s a quick video analysis on… Read more »

Is That Legal?: Pinning Hopes on Pinterest? Make Sure You Aren’t Breaking the Law…

law-news: Pinterest, the online “pinboard” for sharing photos, videos, and other images, is the latest rage in the social media world, but are users violating copyright laws when they “pin” to their own boards? Can you use the site without breaking the law?Although there seem to be more questions than…… Read more »

House Passes Jobs Legislation; Crowdfunding Rules Eased

With broad bipartisan support, the House passed on Thursday the “Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act.” The Act contains a number of measures designed to assist startups and small businesses, including in particular the removal of SEC restrictions on crowdfunding. From the Washington Post: “The House bills passed Thursday would make it easier for small businesses… Read more »

Most Popular Small Business Posts – Feb 2012

For your (re)reading pleasure, a roundup of the top 10 most-read posts from last month, on social media in business, forming and structuring companies, labor and employment issues, financing a company, drafting contracts, reducing taxes, and … the federal ban on cell phone use by commercial drivers: 1.Social Media in Business: 8 Steps to Legal… Read more »

7 Employment Law “Hot Buttons” for Small Business – A Legal Roundup

The landscape of employment laws evolves quickly, and entrepreneurs and small business owners are often left scrambling to understand new rules and implement new procedures. To reduce the stress, read these legal updates on seven employment law “hot buttons” that should be on the radar screen of every small business: 1.Social Media in the Workplace… Read more »

Social Media in Business: 8 Steps to Legal Compliance

Ready or not, your business’ online presence is becoming an integral part of your marketing plan, business strategy, and human resources program. To successfully navigate the legal and regulatory issues that govern the use of social media by your company and your employees, consider these eight recommendations for social media compliance: 1.Implement a company-wide social… Read more »

New NLRB Report on Social Media Cases in the Workplace

On January 24th, 2012, general counsel for the National Labor Relations Board released an updated reported on recently reviewed social media cases. The report looks at 14 new cases – many of which focus on social media policies in the workplace. Of note to managers, HR professionals, employment specialists, and – really – anyone with… Read more »

Your Business Needs a Social Media Policy: Here’s Why (and How)

“Businesses usually have their social media being managed by employees, independent contractors, or outside ‘experts’. The key to success with social media is to have many ‘connections’ with others and develop relationships with them. But, who really owns those connections and relationships? This is a question that has been brought to the forefront because of… Read more »

Doc of the Day: Facebook’s Settlement with the FTC is a Wake Up Call for Businesses

Let that be a lesson to you… Sheppard Mullin’s analysis of the Federal Trade Commission’s recent settlement with Facebook (and those with Google and ScanScout) provides a valuable reminder that the FTC is looking closely at privacy policies, and punishing companies that don’t practice what they preach: “The Federal Trade Commission (‘FTC’) is working hard… Read more »

Social Media Law: Workplace Issues, Privacy & Data Collection, Electronic Discovery, & More…

For your reference, a roundup of recent social media law updates and news on JD Supra: On workplace-related issues… Develop Clear Policy for Employee Social Media Use (Fox Rothschild): “Employers beware: The National Labor Relations Board is scrutinizing company socialmedia policies — and their rulings apply to all companies, whether or not they are unionized.… Read more »

Social Media and The Law: Your Friday “Must-Read” List

For your reference, recent updates and commentary at the intersection of social media and the law. From lawyers and law firms on JD Supra, you should know: 1.The Federal Trade Commission’s proposed revisions to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act Rule: “The Federal Trade Commission has issued a rulemaking notice proposing to update its rules implementing… Read more »

Featured: 5 Sources of Rich Business Intelligence on LinkedIn

LinkedIn is well understood as an important platform for recruiters and job seekers, but there is so much more to the professional networking site… Business Insights: More Signal, Less Noise LinkedIn also serves as a fire hydrant of business insight and intelligence for professionals of all kinds in all industries. Some sources of that biz… Read more »