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Yahoo!, Telecommuting and March Madness in the Workplace


UPDATED: March 11, 2013: For the second consecutive time, my article for Windmill Networking (MaximizeSocialBusiness) has been highlighted in, and chosen as one of the top Blog posts by CommPRO.biz. Please see the March 8, 2013 Daily Headlines and Features by CommPRO.biz Last month, my article titled “Social Media in the Workplace: Hoaxes, Lies and a President’s Unconstitutional Behavior” was chosen as one of the top Blog Posts by, and highlighted in, the February 8, 2013 Daily Headlines and Features by CommPRO.biz

ORIGINAL MESSAGE: March 8, 2013: Yahoo! recently announced the end of telecommuting for its workforce. Yahoo!’s change in policy has spurred many discussions about the advantages and disadvantages of telecommuting. And, for the majority of employers who permit telecommuting, it is critical that they have clear and comprehensive policies in place to address the many issues of a telecommuting workforce. In my March 2013 post for Windmill Networking (now MaximizeSocialBusiness.com), I examine some of these issues. In addition, I revisit the many issues employers and employees face during the season of March Madness. See my article titled: “Social Media and Employment Law: March Madness (and Yahoo!/Telecommuting) Causes Craziness in the Workplace“.

 

New CA Law and First NLRB Decision on Social Media in the Workplace


New CA Law and First NLRB Decision on Social Media in the Workplace

Social Media in the Workplace: New California Law places restrictions on employer access to social media.

The landscape regarding social media in the workplace continues to evolve at a fairly rapid pace. In my article, titled: “New California Law and New NLRB Decision On Social Media” I detail two key developments for employers. First, in late September, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a new law (California AB 1844) that places certain restrictions on employer access to employee social media accounts. Read my post to learn more about the California law, and how it differs from the new laws enacted in two other states.

In addition, I analyze a September 2012 decision by the National Labor Relations Board concerning policies at Costco Wholesale Corp. This is the first time the NLRB has issued a decision on many policies that typically appear in a company’s social media policy. Employers should review both the new California law, and the new NLRB decision, and prepare themselves for further states passing laws, and further NLRB decisions regarding employee policies and social media.

Continue to stay updated on these, and similar, important issues by reading my monthly contributions on Social Media and Employment Law at Windmill Networking, and by following my posts here as well.

ADR for Employment Disputes


ADR for Employment Disputes

What do you do if you have an employment dispute?

The California State Court System is faced with deeper and deeper budget cuts, staff reductions, and slow-moving dockets. An article titled “Court Funding and the Impact of Budget Cuts On Access to Justice” in the August 2012 issue of the Contra Costa Lawyer magazine complies some of the recent news articles about the dire situation. The August 2012 issue also contains several articles geared towards ADR – Alternative Dispute Resources.

I, along with a colleague, Michelle Regalia McGrath, wrote about ADR geared towards employment claims, including wage and hour, discrimination and harassment. We provide analysis of how employers and employees can avoid disputes in the first place, and some alternatives to Court, including the Labor Commissioner’s Office, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. I invite you to read our article and let us know of other alternative dispute resources you or your employer have taken advantage of to avoid a lengthy court case.