Employees Use of Social Media in the Workplace: 2014 Perspective
Overview:In a two hour live webcast, a panel of thought leaders and practitioners assembled by The Knowledge Group will discuss the significant and latest issues with respect to the Use of Social Media in the Workplace.
Some of the major topics that will be covered in this course are:
- Social media in the workplace: an overview
- Social media accounts ownership
- Social media and employment relationship
- Critical issues and impacts
- Compliance and best practices
- Up-to-minute regulatory updates
Michael Schmidt , Shareholder
- The government, particularly the federal National Labor Relations Board, has been aggressively regulating two primary areas involving social media and the workplace: (1) workplace policies that implicate employee statements or conduct on social media (I just published an article on this issue), and (2) adverse employment decisions based on an employee's statement or conduct on social media.
- Social media is not going away any time soon, and, if anything, it will continue to evolve and expand further into our daily lives. Both employers AND employees need to manage social media use and expectations.
- Social media is playing an increasing role in lawsuits, both prior to and at trial.
Amber M. Spataro , Shareholder
Littler Mendelson P.C.
- Everyone – from the CEO down – must think before you post because what you say via social media can affect company liability, stock prices, trade secrets and your future;
- Social media can empower employers or it can drag them into a legal quagmire of information;
- Remember the NLRA – employees have the right to discuss terms and conditions of employment via social media and employer policies may not “chill” that right.
William A. Tanenbaum, Head of Kaye Scholer’s IP & Technology Transactions Group
Kaye Scholer LLP
- Regulatory risks when employees are in a regulated industry.
- Reputational risks when a big company retains a small social media company
- Liability risk when a social media company does not "bake in" privacy and security
- When employees are outsourced employees.
Who Should Attend:- Employees
- HR and Personnel professionals
- HR Executives
- HR Personnel
- HR/Benefits Professionals, Employment Law Attorneys & In-House Counsel
- Human Resource Managers
- In-House Counsel & Employment Law Attorneys
- Chief Compliance Officers
- Compliance, In house Counsel, Risk Officers and Related
- Compliance, Privacy and Data Security Officers
- Compliance, Risk and IT Officers
- IT lawyers
- Risk Officers
- Risk Officers and Administrators
- Advertising and Marketing Professionals
- Advertising Professionals
- Advertising/Marketing Officers
- Managers who oversee employees utilizing social media
- And other Related/Interested Professionals
Michael C. Schmidt is the vice chair of Cozen O’Connor’s Labor & Employment Department, and the office managing partner, vice chair, of the firm’s New York office.
Mike concentrates his practice on representing management in all facets of employment law, such as: (i) defending companies in litigation involving discrimination, harassment, wage and hour (overtime and unpaid compensation), non-competes and trade secrets, and disability and other leave-related issues; (ii) drafting employment agreements, termination/severance agreements, non-compete and confidentiality agreements, employee manuals, and individual corporate policies; and (iii) counseling and corporate training on day-to-day issues from hiring through firing. A substantial portion of Mike’s practice is devoted to counseling large and small businesses on how to avoid litigation and minimize potential exposure for claims that are made. He has tried cases and argued appeals in federal and state courts in New York.
Mike earned his JD, with distinction, from Hofstra University School of Law, where he was a notes and comments editor of the Hofstra Law Review. He earned his BA, with honors, from Brandeis University. Mike is the publisher and editor of a blog (www.socialmediaemploymentlawblog.com) devoted to the interplay between social media and employment law.
Michael C. Schmidt is the vice chair of Cozen O’Connor’s Labor & Employment Department, and the office managing partner, vice …
Amber M. Spataro has over fourteen years of experience in all areas of labor and employment law, including employment litigation, advice and counseling, and traditional labor disputes. Her advice and counseling experience includes Fortune 500 companies as well as small, five-person employers.
The mainstay of her practice is advising and counseling clients through day-to-day concerns such as termination guidance and risk assessment; wage and hour questions; I-9, overtime exemption and independent contractor audits; revising employee handbooks and policies as well as performing necessary training on a variety of employment law topics.
She has litigated through trial various types of employment discrimination claims, wage and hour claims, including class actions, and other employment-related claims such as, breach of contract, defamation, invasion of privacy and unfair competition claims on behalf of employers in federal and state court at the trial and appellate court levels. Recently, Amber was second chair in a jury trial lasting over six weeks in Los Angeles; she secured a defense verdict for the employer on a wrongful termination and retaliation claim brought by the company's former vice president of human resources.
Amber has assisted in negotiating collective bargaining agreements in various industries ranging from health care to transportation. She has also defended against numerous charges, complaints and representation petitions before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). She specializes in all aspects of union avoidance from restricting union access for the solicitation of authorization cards to successfully petitioning the NLRB to overturn unfavorable election results.
Amber is a regular presenter for The Knowledge Group, LLC and has become a prominent authority in the area of social media in employment. On the topic of social media, she was a panelist in February 2013 at the Seton Hall University School of Law Circuit Review, was a featured speaker at the 49th Annual Corporate Counsel Institute at Northwestern Law School and was interviewed for Workforce Management magazine.
Amber M. Spataro has over fourteen years of experience in all areas of labor and employment law, including employment litigation, …
William A. Tanenbaum is the Head of Kaye Scholer’s IP & Technology Transactions Group, which is ranked in the First Tier at the National Level by US News & World Report. Bill was named “Lawyer of the Year” in IT in 2013 in NY by Best Lawyers, and in Band One in Technology and Outsourcing in NY by Chambers. He is named as one of “The Recommended IT Lawyer in New York,” as one of the “Top 30 US IT Lawyers,” and as an “IP Star.” Bill is past President of the International Technology Law Association. He is now a Vice President of the Society for Information Management (NY), an industry CIO association.
According to Chambers, Bill he “has the depth of experience to convert client challenges into client opportunities,” “attracts high praise for his ability to size up a situation and come up with efficient steps to build a desired deal,” and is “at the stage in his career where no issue is unfamiliar, too complex or intimidating to take on.”
Bill graduated from Brown University (Phi Beta Kappa, degree with highest honors), Cornell Law School, and the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving.
William A. Tanenbaum is the Head of Kaye Scholer’s IP & Technology Transactions Group, which is ranked in the First …
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About Cozen O'Connor
Established in 1970, Cozen O’Connor has 575 attorneys who help clients manage risk and make better business decisions. The firm counsels clients on their most sophisticated legal matters in all areas of the law, including labor & employment, commercial litigation, general corporate, and regulatory law. Representing a broad array of leading global corporations and ambitious middle market companies, Cozen O’Connor serves its clients’ needs through 23 offices across two continents.
About Littler Mendelson P.C.
Littler is the largest global employment and labor law practice with more than 1,000 attorneys in over 60 offices worldwide. Littler represents management in all aspects of employment and labor law and serves as a single source solution provider to the global employer community. Consistently recognized in the industry as a leading and innovative law practice, Littler has been litigating, mediating and negotiating some of the most influential employment law cases and labor contracts on record for over 70 years. Littler is the collective trade name for an international legal practice, the practicing entities of which are separate and distinct professional firms.
About Kaye Scholer LLP
Founded in New York in 1917, Kaye Scholer combines the continuity and business acumen of a century-old law firm with a forward-looking, results-driven approach focused around lasting client relationships. With strengths in these core legal areas—IT, IP, Social Media, Cloud Computing, Mobile Computing, corporate, finance, litigation, and real estate—and focusing on three key sectors—information technology, life sciences, financial industries—we offer strategic guidance and legal services to public and private entities facing litigation, transactional or governance challenges. Our lawyers regularly advise on matters across multiple legal jurisdictions, including in the US, Canada, UK, EU and China.