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Oct 02, 2017

U.S. to Begin Collecting Social Media Information on All Immigrants

Starting October 18, as part of a new tracking system, the Department of Homeland Security will collect social media and internet data on U.S. immigrants, including lawful permanent residents, and naturalized citizens.  This new plan will coincide with the start of the White House’s new travel restrictions on citizens from Chad, Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, North Korea, and Venezuela.

The data collection plan covers things like Facebook and Twitter, and potentially even Google search results. » Read More

Jun 17, 2015

New NLRB General Counsel Report Addresses Employer Handbook Rules

The General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recently issued a report concerning recent Board decisions on employer handbook rules and policies. As employers know, the NLRB has increased its scrutiny of employer policies on topics such as social media, confidentiality, and employee behavior and conduct. In particular, the Board has found that certain facially neutral rules and policies are unlawful because employees could reasonably construe them to prohibit protected concerted activity (e.g., discussing wages, hours, or other terms or conditions of employment with co-workers or criticizing their employer’s labor policies or treatment of employees).» Read More

Mar 03, 2014

May a Landlord Be Held Liable for Online Harassment by Its Tenants

This question was considered by the Court of Appeals of Ohio in a recent case that is the first to broach the subject.  Of course, it should come as no surprise that, as the use of the Internet and social media continues to rise, the legal implications of these interactions increase as well.  While much of social media use is an innocent way to connect with old and new friends, individuals may also use social media to the detriment of others, by harassing or even stalking them. » Read More

Nov 19, 2013

Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Oh My!

It seems that everyone is talking about (and through) social media networks these days.  Facebook recently broke the 1 billion users mark (you read that correctly, a whopping one BILLION people log on to Facebook now).  And that’s not all.  YouTube boasts 1 billion users, Twitter is catching up with 500 million users, LinkedIn has over 259 million users and, according to Tumblr, there are over 101 million active blogs with more than 46 billion blog posts.  » Read More

Sep 30, 2013

Think Before You Tweet: How Social Media Posts May Affect Your Lawsuit

As technology continues to advance and improve, it also assumes an increasingly prominent role in our lives.  For many, the rise of technology translates to more frequent and pervasive use of social media.  When we want to tell others what we’re doing, we update our Facebook status.  When we want to comment on politics or current events, we Tweet about it. » Read More

Jun 05, 2013

NLRB Hits Keep on Coming

Despite a recent federal court decision essentially invalidating a year’s worth of NLRB rulings (for which employers all over the country should rejoice), the Board continues to churn out decisions which impact both union and non-union employers (for which employers everywhere should cry).  As we have previously noted, the NLRB has taken a special interest in protecting employees who make postings on social media sites, such as Facebook or Twitter. » Read More

Jan 30, 2013

Can Social Media Postings Cost You Your Job?

On January 28th I was interviewed by WFMZ 69 News on the hot topic, “Can Social Media Postings Cost You Your Job?” where I discuss the issues for both employers and employees on job-related social media postings. Click here to read the article and view the video. Please email me at to discuss social media in the workplace or other labor and employment issues.» Read More

Aug 30, 2012

NMM Seminar – Recent Labor and Employment Law Developments

On September 19, 2012, the Labor & Employment Group of Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., will host a seminar entitled Recent Labor and Employment Law Developments. This seminar will highlight recent legal decisions affecting human resource professionals and business owners including: the impact of the Health Care Reform Act, decisions regarding social media, revised EEOC guidelines, new FMLA forms, proposed regulations affecting wage and hour requirements and affirmative action requirements, and cases involving discrimination, harassment, employee privacy and medical leave. » Read More

Feb 27, 2012

Social Media Landmines: The Impact on Employers

An article that Edward Easterly and I authored was featured in the February issue of The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel entitled “Social Media Landmines: The Impact on Employers.”  In the article, we discuss labor & employment issues in the online setting, including the National Labor Relations Board’s stance on employees’ cyber activities, how to properly monitor employees’ online activity, social media policy guidance, and the pros and cons of using social media as a screening tool.  » Read More

Nov 08, 2011

Social Media in the Workplace: Risks, Rewards, Questions, and Answers

On November 17, 2011, our Labor & Employment Group will present Social Media in the Workplace: Risks, Rewards, Questions, and Answers.  I will review the role that social networking plays in pre-employment, current employment, and post-employment scenarios.  This presentation is for human resources professionals interested in timely legal developments and managerial concerns in labor and employment law. This program has been approved for 1 recertification credit hour toward PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute.» Read More