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The Hololens From Microsoft – Help Can Be Right Under…Over Your Nose

The saying – never let them see you sweat – soon may be more difficult to accomplish with Microsoft’s Hololens. Like Google Glass, the Hololens is worn as a headset. But this device has a “plurality” of sensors that gather a range of biometrics parameters (heart rate, perspiration, etc.) which determine along with other information … Continue Reading

States Continue to Protect the Personal Social Media Accounts of Employees, with Oregon Likely to Add an Interesting Twist

Over the past few years, states around the country have enacted laws limiting an employer’s ability to access the personal social media accounts of applicants and employees. Earlier this year, Montana’s Governor Steve Bullock signed HB 342 into law. Before that, Virginia enacted a similar measure. On May 19, Connecticut’s Governor added the Nutmeg state to … Continue Reading

Secretary in Germany Successfully Challenges Employer’s Monitoring…Is Your Monitoring Program Defensible?

According to a report by Deutsche Welle, the German Federal Labor Court held that employers may monitor employees only when they have concrete suspicions of wrongdoing that are based on fact. In the U.S., the standards for engaging in monitoring employees may not be quite that high, but employers should be thinking about whether a … Continue Reading

“Employees Must Be Permitted To Use Company Email for Statutorily Protected Communications” -NLRB

We reported earlier that the National Labor Relations Board had been considering changing its previous position that  “employees have no statutory right to use the[ir] Employer’s e-mail system for Section 7 purposes.”  The NLRB’s position in this regard was established in 2007, under the NLRB’s ruling in Register Guard.  Today, in Purple Communications Inc. and … Continue Reading

Enterovirus D-68 and Ebola Cases Raise Privacy Concerns for Healthcare Providers and their Workers

On September 25, a four-year old boy from New Jersey died of Enterovirus D-68, reports Increasingly, there are reports about potential Ebola cases in the U.S. Naturally, the spread of infectious disease raises concern for everyone, particularly for healthcare workers who want to do their jobs, and also protect their families. There are already … Continue Reading

Supreme Court Decision in Riley Affects Cellphone Searches in Civil Litigation, Employment Matters

When the United States Supreme Court handed down its decision Riley v. California, a Fourth Amendment criminal case, we suspected it would not be long before the rationale in that case concerning the privacy interests individuals have in cellphones would be more broadly applied. In late June, a federal district court in Connecticut denied a request  by two … Continue Reading

USA Soccer Team Players Monitored by GPS to Reduce Injury and Improve Productivity…a Tool for the Workplace?

As I write this post, the U.S. v. Belgium match is underway – a win is needed by the United States to advance to the quarterfinals of the 2014 World Cup. Most watching the game may not realize that GPS technology will be monitoring just about every movement taken by U.S. players on the field as … Continue Reading

Restaurant Stakeout: A Sign of the Times for Workplace Monitoring?

The last couple of times I passed by the TV to see what the kids were watching, I was surprised not to see Spongebob Squarepants or the Yankee game (Michael and Grace have their separate interests, but they usually can agree on something, at least in the short term). Anyway, they happened to be intently … Continue Reading

The K5 Autonomous Data Machine Might Soon Be Securing and Monitoring Your Business

Developed by Knightscope, the K5 Autonomous Data Machine is a 5 foot tall, 300 pound robotic device designed to be “a safety and security tool for corporations, as well as for schools and neighborhoods,” as reported by the New York Times. While K5 may not yet be ready for prime time, its developers are hoping to lure early adopters … Continue Reading

Oklahoma Joins Growing Number of States Limiting Employer Access To Personal Social Media Accounts

Add Oklahoma to the list of states prohibiting employers from requesting or demanding access to the personal social media accounts of employees or applicants. Signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin, H.B. 2372 becomes effective November 1, 2014. In addition to being prohibited from requesting or demanding usernames or passwords from employees or applicants to their … Continue Reading

Volunteer State (Tennessee) Prohibits Employers From Asking Employees, Applicants to Volunteer Access to Social Media, Internet Accounts

Effective January 1, 2015, Tennessee employers, including government entities, will be prohibited from requesting or requiring access to the private social networking or online accounts of employees and job applicants under the Volunteer State’s “Employee Online Privacy Act of 2014,” signed by Governor Bill Haslam. Our Tennessee colleagues outline the key provisions of the law, including some of … Continue Reading

Employers, the NLRB Wants Some Control Over Your Company Email

You’ve just finished your email, electronic communications, social media and/or BYOD policies for employees assuming, among other things, that you did not have to permit employees to use company-provided communication systems for nonwork-related purposes, such as to fulfill certain union-related purposes or other “protected concerted activities” under for Section 7 of the National Labor Relations … Continue Reading

Court Denies Access To Employee Social Media Accounts

If the intersection of social networking and workplace privacy laws piques your attention, you may find an article written by my colleague Michael Frankel particularly interesting. He writes about a recent case, Pecile v. Titan Capital Group, LLC out of New York, where the court refused to grant the defendants’ request for access to the plaintiffs’ … Continue Reading

Can We Prohibit Employees From Making Video/Audio Recordings at Work?

Check out our labor colleagues’ recent post (see Labor & Collective Bargaining blog) concerning the permissibility of a policy to prohibit audio/video recording in the workplace under the National Labor Relations Act, and the decision in Whole Foods Market, Inc., Case No. 1-CA-96965 (10/30/13). Most of us do not go too far – whether at work … Continue Reading

Video Interview: Discussing Google Glass in the Workplace with LXBN TV

Following up on my recent post on Google Glass and its impact on the workplace, I had the opportunity to speak with Colin O’Keefe of LXBN on the subject. In the brief video interview I explain the general workplace issues it presents and also touch on the potential data management concerns.… Continue Reading

Google Glass in the Workplace

WSJ reported on November 22, 2013, Google’s push to move Google Glass, a computerized device with an “optical head-mounted display,” into the mainstream by tapping the prescription eyewear market through VSP Global—a nationwide vision benefits provider and maker of frames and lenses. If the speed and immersion of technology over the past few years had … Continue Reading

EEOC Files Suit Against Typewriter Company for Sexual Harassment Based on Use of Surveillance Cameras

The Washington, D.C. and Chicago offices of the U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") filed a lawsuit against the Davis Typewriter Company on August 27, 2012 alleging that the company failed to take appropriate corrective action to prevent sexual harassment by a supervisor who used office surveillance cameras to zoom in on an employee’s breasts and other … Continue Reading