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Space Still Available for Upcoming Seminar: Risks and Benefits of Social Media and Computers in the Workplace

Posted in Employee Privacy Rights, Labor Law

Summary of Program Employees use networking sites to communicate with one another (as well as current and potential customers). They post their daily thoughts and activities, uploading photos and, occasionally, adversely impact their employers’ business. What can an employer do to protect itself without intruding on employee rights? Program Highlights Employer’s use of employee’s social… Continue Reading

Upcoming Seminar: Risks and Benefits of Social Media and Computers in the Workplace

Posted in Labor Law

Summary of Program Employees use networking sites to communicate with one another (as well as current and potential customers). They post their daily thoughts and activities, uploading photos and, occasionally, adversely impact their employers’ business. What can an employer do to protect itself without intruding on employee rights? Program Highlights Employer’s use of employee’s social… Continue Reading

A Reminder to Employers of the Need for Social Media Policies

Posted in Trade Secrets and Competition

By:   James Kachmar Those of you who attended our seminar on protecting confidential and trade secret information last Spring may recall our discussion about a trade secret misappropriation case involving a Twitter account. In that case, PhoneDog v. Kravitz, 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 129229 (N.D. Cal. 2011), a product news and review company, PhoneDog, claimed… Continue Reading

See’s Candy Decision a Halloween Treat for Rounding Punch Times

Posted in Wage & Hour

By:   Brendan J. Begley Right in time for Halloween, See’s Candy Shops, Inc., has managed to sweet talk the California Court of Appeal into giving a sugary treat to employers in terms of wage-and-hour laws. According to the decision in See’s v. Superior Court, California employers might be able to use a “timekeeping policy that… Continue Reading

Is Compliance with an Attendance Policy an Essential Function of the Job? The Ninth Circuit says “Yes!”

Posted in Disability Discrimination, Discrimination, FMLA and Other Leaves of Absence, Labor Law

By: Chelcey E. Lieber Attendance at work seems like an obvious requirement to keep a job, right? The unfortunate answer often given by lawyers to that question is, “it depends.” In the employee-friendly state of California, permitting telecommuting or exemptions to an attendance policy may be a reasonable accommodation if a person has a disability…. Continue Reading

2012 Brings A Whole New Set Of Obligations And Challenges For California Employers – Failure To Comply Could Be Devastating

Posted in Employee Privacy Rights, Employment Contracts and Agreements, FMLA and Other Leaves of Absence, Labor Law, New Legislation and Regulations, Wage & Hour

By:       Lizbeth (“Beth”) West, Esq. Governor Brown signed a significant number of bills into law during the 2011/12 legislative term, many of which will have a direct impact on almost every California employer, regardless of size. Many laws impose new obligations on employers and prevent employers from engaging in what they may otherwise thought was previously… Continue Reading

Social Media for Dummies?

Posted in Labor Law

By:       Chelcey E. Lieber Are you on Facebook? If your answer is no, you are one of the lone survivors who has managed to hold out from joining the social media world we now live in. There is also a good chance that you won’t be able to hold out much longer, as social media is clearly… Continue Reading

Ninth Circuit Sides with Employee on Texting Issue: Quan v. Arch Wireless

Posted in Employee Privacy Rights

Quan v. Arch Wireless involved the use of employer-provided pagers in the Ontario Police Department in California. The official city policy stated that the department had the right to review messages officers sent using the pagers. The policy clearly stated that there was no privacy for any electronic messages at work, including email and text… Continue Reading