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Can Employers Spy on Workers?

Can employers spy on their employees? It is legal? Today, almost all employees use some type of electronic device as a part of their work. Whether its a time clock, company car, mobile phone, tabet or a computer? Whether we know it or not, our personal information and travel informatoin is being captured and in some cases stored. Can your employer collect data about how you live your life, who you call, when you see people, what you do online, and what goes on in your house (if you work from home)?

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What We Can Learn From Celebrities’ Social Media Blunders

Sometimes famous people do dumb things on social media.

Like in 2014, when Shaquille O’Neal, (former NBA star) used the social media site Instagram to post a picture of himself mocking Jahmel Binon—a young man with ectodermal dysplasia. Ectodermal dysplasia is a disorder that limits hair and tooth growth.

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Can I Get Fired over a Tweet? What NOT to Say on Social Media

In 1942— long before the advent of the Internet or social media— Thumper offered Bambi some sage advice: “if you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothing at all.” That advice still rings true today. When you post on social media, you may feel like you’re just venting or sending a message to a bunch of your friends and family (especially if you are not one of those people who have several million followers). However, it’s important to remember that there is nothing private about your online posts— even if you’ve activated the highest privacy settings. Any one of your “friends” could forward your post to someone— and even a time limited post (like a Snapchat) could be saved and transmitted by a third party via screenshot.

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Top 10 Tips for Using Work Email

Email is a huge part of our world, our workplace and our private lives. Most people use different accounts: work accounts and personal accounts — all of which are accessible via the internet. Because of this, employees can face unintended consequences. Examples include termination for misusing work accounts, or accessing private accounts through their employer’s servers. Here are some tips to help you avoid problems.

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Social Media: Can I Get Fired for That?

Social media has become part of the fabric of our society and our world. Facebook accounts span the generations, and the media regularly reports on celebrity tweets and Instagram posts. A variety of ways for people to connect to friends, acquaintances, strangers, and people you may only get to know through online channels exist. Businesses and employers also use social media to promote their brand, product, reputation, and message. They are looking for employees who enhance, not detract from their public image.

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Social Media In Litigation

Are you one of the 1 billion people who has a Facebook account, or one of the 230 million who use Twitter?  Have you ever thought about how your social media activity could come into play if you found yourself in a lawsuit?  If you answered “no,” you’re not alone.  Many social media users use their accounts to post about work-related matters, never considering the possible ramifications, from being fired for internet speech, to having your own posts used against you, to being sanctioned for deleting social media accounts during litigation.  Social media often takes a starring role during employment litigation, and courts have struggled to keep up with technology, resulting in numerous and often conflicting legal opinions about the relevance, privacy, and burden of producing social networking information.

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