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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.

Employers and HR Professionals: Register Now For Another Informative Webinar


Employers and HR Professionals: Register Now For Another Informative Webinar

Join us at the Northern California Employer Roundtable (NCERT).

As you may know, I am one of the Board Members of the Northern California Employer Roundtable (NCERT), revived by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing. I want to extend an invitation to you for our next webinar presented by the Director of the DFEH, Phyllis Cheng and Patricia C. Perez, Former Vice Chair of the former CA Fair Employment and Housing Commission. Director Cheng and Ms. Perez will be discussing the new Fair Employment and Housing Act regulations regarding Pregnancy and Disability, effective December 30, 2012.

The webinar is set for Thursday, April 11, 2013 from Noon-1:00p.m. You can participate from the comfort of your own home or office. The nominal fee is $25.00 and continuing education credit is provided. Please see this flyer or more information. Follow this link to register (powered by the technology at Littler Mendelson).

Looking Forward To Another Great Year With The Contra Costa County Bar Association


My employment law seminar at the Contra Costa County Bar Association was a success!

On January 25, 2013, I was installed (sworn in) for my second year as a Board Member of the Contra Costa County Bar Association (CCCBA). The CCCBA has been considered one of the premier bar associations in the nation for quite some time due to a dedicated staff, Executive Director, and an active community of attorneys and volunteers.

I also had the opportunity to kick off the new year for the CCCBA’s Employment Law Section by co-presenting an Employment Law Update seminar to other attorneys in the CCCBA. I provided information regarding changes to the Department of Fair Employment and Housing and the Fair Employment and Housing Act, issues with social media in the workplace, changes to various Labor Codes, and discussed steps employers should take to remain complaint with new employment laws. We had a great audience and exchange of view points and tips for practitioners.

I look forward to another great year with The Contra Costa County Bar Association!

Significant Changes To the California Fair Employment And Housing Act in 2013


Significant Changes To the California Fair Employment And Housing Act in 2013

California Department of Fair Employment and Housing

In a compromise to deal with California’ budget issues, Governor Brown signed a budget trailer bill (S.B. 1038) that significantly changes the way the employment (and housing) complaints will be handled by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH). Recently, Bloomberg BNA asked me to write about and analyze some of these changes. The most significant include:

  • The elimination of the Fair Employment and Housing Commission
  • The creation of the Fair Employment and Housing Council (whose primary role is rulemaking)
  • The authorization for the DFEH to file cases directly in court, and to recover reasonable attorney’s fees and costs when it prevails in court, and
  • The establishment of mandatory dispute resolution before the DFEH proceeds to court.

My attached White Paper provides a more complete description of these changes, and analysis of what it means for California employers. This White Paper was distributed to to subscribers of Bloomberg BNA’s “HR Library” and “HR Decision Support Network,” but I have attached it to this email free of charge for clients, colleagues and friends.

White Paper: New for 2013: Significant Enforcement Changes to California’s FEHA. Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have questions about how to defend your company within the new DFEH framework.


Inspiring Stories From Local High School Students


Inspiring Stories From Local High School Students

Costa County Bar Association works with high school students who participate (thrive) in their High School Law Academies.

Contra Costa

Last night, I was lucky enough to hear the personal stories of three high school students who participate (thrive) in their respective High School Law Academies here in Contra Costa County. They come from economically hard-hit areas of our county (Richmond and Antioch), yet they have blossomed into excellent, articulate students and the future leaders of our community.

I’m proud that the Contra Costa County Bar Association has supported and worked with these law academies for so long, and last night, honored them by focusing its annual Gala Reception to raise funds for the law academies at Richmond High School, DeAnza High School, and Deer Valley High School. Click on the links above to learn more about each law academy and how lawyers, judges, court personnel, law enforcement, teachers and many others are helping our community.