Tag Archives: electronic communications policy

“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

Social Media For Universities and Colleges–Beyond Recruiting

In connection with its coverage of national signing day, ESPN.com recently highlighted that social media is increasingly being utilized by coaches to contact, recruit and gather information about players. For players, it’s a way to get recruited, control the message and interact with fans and other recruits at unprecedented levels.  And, like in the workplace, misuse … Continue Reading

Supreme Court Issues Decision in City of Ontario v. Quon – Search of Text Messages Held Reasonable, Ninth Circuit Reversed

The Supreme Court today issued its decision in City of Ontario, California v. Quon.  In a unanimous decision, the Court held that the search of Quon’s text messages, sent or received on his department issued pager, was reasonable and did not violate Quon’s Fourth Amendment rights.  As set forth in the opinion, the Court did not … Continue Reading

FTC Endorsement Rules Provide For Employer Liability for Employees’ Online Conduct

 According to the newly revised Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) Guides, employers may face liability for employees’ commenting on their employer’s services or products on “new media,” such as blogs or social networking sites, if the employment relationship is not disclosed. Potential liability may exist even if the comments were not sponsored or authorized by the employer.  … Continue Reading

Employers Don’t Put Your Heads In the Sand, You May Be Required to Monitor, Investigate and Report Employees Accessing Child Pornography

The New Jersey Appellate Division (Doe v. XYC Corporation) and the Court of Appeals of Wisconsin (Maypark v. Securitas Serv. USA Inc. & Sigler v. Kobinsky) have both examined an employer’s duty to monitor employees conduct while at work, and have reached drastically different results. Additionally, at least seven states—Arkansas, Illinois, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South … Continue Reading
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