Friday, May 3, 2013

Week in Review

Another week passes, and another social media password protection law has been enacted. Arkansas is the latest state to ban employers from obtaining workers' social media login information.

 The NLRB has also been busy dealing with social media issues. In a recent decision, an ALJ found that the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's social media policy violated Section 7 of the NLRA because it prohibited employees from describing any affiliation they had with their employer in their social media posts. In another case, the Board ruled that Bettie Page Clothing violated Section 8 of the NLRA when it fired three employees for their Facebook posts, which involved complaints about the safety risks of the store's closing time and management's lack of response to these concerns. The Board found these posts to be protected concerted activity and ordered that the employees be reinstated.

Technology and the Workplace
NLRB Issues 3rd Facebook Firing Decision -- Employers 1, Employees 2 (Employer Law Report) (Lawffice Space)
UPMC Computer, Social Media Policy Violated, NLRB Says (Law 360) (Labor Relations Today)
Arkansas Gets Workplace Social Media Privacy Law (Employer Handbook)
"Bring Your Own Device" Evolving From Trend to Requirement (All Things Digital)
Justices Asked to Mull E-Privacy Law in Phone-Search Case (Law 360)

Technology and the Law
Americans Don't Want More Government Monitoring Cellphones and Emails to Fight Terror, Survey Says (ABA Journal) (CNN)
US Regulators Look At Dealing With Social Media (NBC)
Surrender Your Digital Privacy or Face a Fine (FOX) (Slate)
With Few Other Outlets, Inmates Review Prisons on Yelp (Washington Post) (ABA Journal)
Do Online News Stores About Arrests Constitute Libel After Expungement? (ABA Journal) (NYT)

There's an App for That
Smartphone Apps for Spring Cleaning (FOX)
Rearranging the Furniture, Minus the Aching Back (NYT)
VA Tech Victim is Behind Campus Safety App LiveSafe (LA Times)
10 Apps for International Travel (Mashable)

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