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Employers or Employees: Who Owns Social Media Accounts?

October 16, 2012
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While Dr. Linda Eagle was president of Edcomm, she established an account on Linkedin, which she used to promote Edcomm's services. After Edcomm terminated Eagle, the company accessed her LinkedIn account and changed her password, and changed the account to display the name and photograph of its new CEO.
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EEO Information Is Main Reason to Limit Access to Social Media Profiles

October 11, 2012
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Businesses need to understand that without appropriate controls in place, reviewing Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, or any other publicly available online information before making a hiring decision is a risky proposition.
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Some Social Media Stats to Chew On

October 9, 2012
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Unless you require that your employees check their mobile devices at the door (and suffer the anarchy that would likely ensue) it is impossible to prohibit employees from accessing personal social media accounts during the workday. And, if it's impossible to monitor or enforce a policy, why have it in the first place?
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New Pregnancy Discrimination Legislation is Unneeded, Redux

October 5, 2012
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We do not need legislation to duplicate rights that already exist. If employers are not granting these rights, and pregnant workers are not receiving the accommodations they need and are requesting, then pregnant workers should be filing discrimination lawsuits.
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EEOC Goes Nuts as Its Fiscal Year Closes

October 4, 2012
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How do you know that Sept. 28 marked the end of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission fiscal year? Because it filed over two dozen lawsuits that week.
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Pay Attention: NLRB Issues its Second Social Media Decision in a Month (Knauz BMW)

October 3, 2012
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Employers need to pay careful and diligent attention to this issue. Social media and other employee communication policies remain on the forefront of the National Labor Relations Board's hit parade.
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Now the NLRB Says Employers Can't Regulate Threatening or Offensive Speech (This is Getting Ridiculous)

October 2, 2012
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The business community needs to pay careful attention to cases such as Fresenius USA Manufacturing. The NLRB continues to dangerously regulate employers rights to control and remedy workplace misconduct, all in the name of “protected concerted activity.”
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The One Question I Would Ask Paul Ryan During the Debates

October 1, 2012
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With this election cycle's debates on the horizon, I'll be providing the one question I would ask each of the two presidential and two vice presidential candidates.
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The One Question I Would Ask Joe Biden During the Debates

September 28, 2012
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With this election cycle's debates on the horizon, I'll be providing the one question I would ask each of the two presidential and two vice presidential candidates. Today's target—Vice President Joe Biden.
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The One Question I Would Ask Mitt Romney During the Debates

September 27, 2012
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With this election cycle's debates on the horizon, I'll be providing the one question I would ask each of the two presidential and two vice presidential candidates.
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