Friday, April 6, 2012

Week in Review

As the law attempts to keep up with technology, judges often must draw difficult lines concerning social media and individual rights.  A recent ruling by an NLRB administrative law judge held that a provision in an employer's social medial policy prohibiting any online commenting on work-related legal matters was too broad.  However, the judge upheld another portion of the policy prohibiting unapproved posting of photos showing employees in uniform.  A Washington case asks whether an employer engaged in disability discrimination when it fired an employee after discovering her suicidal Facebook postings.  A Marine has filed suit on First Amendment grounds after facing dismissal for Facebook postings criticizing the Obama administration.

Technology and the Workplace
NLRB Administrative Law Judge Splits the Baby in Ruling on a Social Media Policy (OhioEmployer'sLawBlog)
Facebook and Suicidal Thoughts (SocialMediaEmploymentLawBlog)
Why Corporations Covet 'Kill Switches' on Workers' Mobile Devices (Businessweek)

Technology and the Law
Police Are Using Phone Tracking as a Routine Tool (NYTimes)
Marine Facing Dismissal for Facebook Page Argues Free Speech Case (ABCNews)
Arizona Stalking Bill Prohibiting Annoying, Offensive Online Comments to Be Amended (WashingtonPost)

There's an App for That
The Quiet Place: an Internet Escape, on the Internet (Forbes)
Google Offers Look at Internet-Connected Glasses (NYTimes)
For Home Buyers, an App to Assess a House's Attributes (NYTimes)
3 Must-Have Health & Fitness Apps for the Busy Business Professional (FastCo)

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