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New Employment Laws for California Employers


New Employment Laws for California Employers

How will the new employment laws affect your business?

For 2014, there are a few important new, or changed, employment laws that go into effect that California employers and employees should be aware of. In December 2013, I notified folks on my email distribution list about 12 of the more significant changes in the law. Now, I am happy to post a PDF version of my summary of the laws, and the practical implications of them.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact me to discuss these laws, or any other employment/HR issue.

Happy New Year!

Employee and Employer Liability For Causing Car Crash By Sending A Text


Employee and Employer Liability For Causing Car Crash By Sending A Text

Do you have any employer liability If your employee texts while driving?

Did you know you could be held liable for sending a text that results in a car crash? Typically, victims of car accidents blame the other driver who may have been driving while texting. One Court recently held, however, that even a remote texter could be held liable if the recipient of the text causes an accident.

In my most recent article titled “Beware a New Way Employers and Employees Could Be Liable for Texting on the Job” for Maximize Social Business I analyze that decision and how it may apply to employers and employees who text and/or receive texts on the job.

My article has unexpectedly generated quite a bit of interest. It was chosen as a Top Blog post by CommPRO.biz, and I have received requests for interviews by a CBS radio affiliate. There certainly will be more developments in this area of the law as Courts try to catch up with technology.

Maximize Your Social: Add This Book To Your Reading List!


Maximize Your Social: Add This Book To Your Reading List!

Want to know more about Social Media in the Workplace? Add this book to your reading list.

This Spring, I was asked to contribute to “Maximize Your Social: A One-Stop Guide to Building a Social Media Strategy for Marketing and Business Success” authored by Neal Schaffer and published by Wiley. I immediately said yes! My contribution to his book focuses on (to the surprise of no one) issues regarding social media in the workplace and policies to address those issues.

This book truly is very helpful for businesses regarding social media strategy and managing the risks associated with social media. Click on the link above for more information about it. You can also follow Maximize Social Business, an Advertising Age Top 100 Global Marketing Blog, for more great content about social media for marketing and business success, including my monthly contributions. This blog was created by Neal Schaffer, who has been named a Forbes Top 50 Social Media Power Influencer two years in a row.

Personal Devices in the Workplace Policy – What Employees and Employers Need To Consider


Personal Devices in the Workplace Policy – What Employees and Employers Need To Consider

New potential for disaster in workplace employment law is BYOD (bring your own device).

The number of individuals owning and using personal mobile devices continues to skyrocket. Employers can no longer simply bury their head in the sand to this phenomenon. Instead they should address this issue head-on by either creating a Bring Your Own Device (“BYOD”) policy, or a policy prohibiting the use of personal devices in the workplace. In doing so, employers need to analyze many legal and security issues regarding their employees bringing and using personal devices in the workplace.

Employees too should consider whether they truly want to use personal devices for work purposes and the loss of privacy and other ramifications for doing so.

In my latest post for Maximize Social Business titled “Workplace BYOD Policy: One Size Does Not Fit All” I analyze many of the pros and cons and other issues regarding the use of personal devices in the workplace. What position has your employer taken on the personal devices in the workplace policy (BYOD) trend? If your employer has not addressed this issue head on, do you use your own device for any work-related purposes (like checking work email)?

Why Having Too Many Facebook “Friends” Is a Bad Idea


Why Having Too Many Facebook “Friends” Is a Bad Idea

Read my posts on Social Media and Employment Law on Maximize Social Business.

If you have been following my posts and my firm, you know that I have been a monthly contributor regarding Social Media and Employment Law to the widely recognized social media community at Windmill Networking. In June 2013, Windmill Networking became Maximize Social Business and one of the primary focuses remains to become your virtual boardroom for every social media problem, issue or question that you might have. I encourage you to subscribe to Maximize Social Business and read the daily posts regarding almost any issue having to do with social media. And, please let me know if there is particular “social media and the workplace” issue that you would like me to blog about in an upcoming month.

In my July 2013 post tiled “Social Media in the Workplace: 5 Reasons To Not Friend Coworkers” I address some of the questions and issues I receive regarding the “to friend or not to friend” question that employees, supervisors, and co-workers face, and I offer five reasons against becoming Facebook “friends” with work colleagues. Let me know if you have strong arguments to the contrary.