Topic: Workplace Policies

[Poll] March May Be Over, But NCAA Office Pool Madness Continues…

First, who’s going to win? Now, can employers get into legal trouble for March Madness betting pools organized by their employees? Absolutely, write Joanna Rich and Salvador Simao of law firm FordHarrison: “March Madness, Super Bowl, and Fantasy Football pools have become ingrained in the American workplace and seem harmless to many; however, permitting such… Read more »

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

What’s new for employers? Plenty. Like gender discrimination lawsuits, EEOC investigations, Facebook firings, FMLA developments, employment visa news, whistleblower claims, healthcare reform, and much more. For your information, here’s a roundup of recent employment law updates from lawyers and law firms on JD Supra: Second Circuit Vindicates Concepcion in Gender Discrimination Case (Sedgwick LLP): “In… 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 »

5 Tips for Managing Workplace Romance Risks

[Video: Do ‘Love Contracts’ Ease the Risks of Office Relationships?] We’re very happy for both of you. Now if you’ll please sign this “love contract,” you can get back to work… Valentine’s Day may be upon us, but office romance poses significant challenges to employers all year long. What to do? Suggestions, from employment lawyers… Read more »

5 Small Business Resolutions For the New Year

Still drafting your new year’s resolutions? Consider the following suggestions from labor and employment lawyers on JD Supra. Think of them as five ways to keep the “happy” in “Happy New Year 2013”… 1. Clean up your workplace policies: “You have cleaned out your fridge and the cupcakes, cookies, Christmas candy and potato chips are… 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 »

Firing Up on the Job Can Still Get You Fired: What New Marijuana Laws Mean for Employers

[Editor’s note: for full effect you might consider playing the song embedded below as you read the latest on this buzzing topic.] On November 6 of this year, voters in both Colorado and Washington approved initiatives to legalize the possession and use of small amounts of marijuana. What do the new laws mean for employers… Read more »

5 Ways to Protect Your Trade Secrets

Earlier this month, game developer Zynga took the offensive in a dispute over the theft of trade secrets when it sued a former employee for walking out the door with proprietary information: “… Zynga alleges [Alan] Patmore copied over 760 corporate files into his DropBox account (in a folder which he allegedly named ‘Zynga’). The… Read more »

Bring Your Own (Tech) Device to Work? That Could Be a Problem…

 I am writing this post on workplace issues while at work, but I’m using my personal laptop computer to do it. Could that be a problem? Potentially, yes. This issue (particular, of course, to our age of rampant technology) has been written about often enough to get its own acronym: BYOD (“Bring Your Own Device”)… Read more »

5 Tips for Writing an Effective Employee Handbook

An employee handbook is one of the most important communications tools available to your business. It establishes expectations for your staff, procedures for resolving conflicts, and policies regarding a range of improper and illegal behavior. Equally important, such workplace guides set forth your legal obligations and requirements as an employer, while articulating the rights and… Read more »

NRLB Targets Non-Union Employees: What’s an Employer to Do?

“The National Labor Relations Board’s (‘NLRB’) aggressive campaign to educate non-union employees about their rights under the National Labor Relations Act (‘NLRA’) is in full swing. In addition to the mandatory notice posting requirement that will go into effect for all employers on April 30, the NLRB recently announced its plan to launch a new… Read more »

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 »

Employee Handbooks: 5 Workplace Policy Revisions to Consider for the New Year

“For many employers, the employee handbook sits up on a shelf gathering dust. Some may not even think about company policies until there is a problem, and then it may be too late. The upcoming new year is a perfect time to make a resolution to review and revise your employee handbook to take advantage… 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 »