Fisher & Phillips   LLP ATTORNEYS AT LAW Solutions at Work ®   Atlanta · Charlotte · Chicago · Columbia · Dallas · Denver ...
<ul><li>Challenging Economic Environment  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics January 2...
<ul><li>Budget Management  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hiring freeze and pay freeze  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Compensation red...
The Furlough Alternative <ul><li>People furloughed or working part-time rose from 3.7 million in June 2008 to 6.5 million ...
<ul><li>Avoiding Aftershocks  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Legal, retention and morale issues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fair Lab...
<ul><li>Mandatory Furloughs  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Designing for exempt employees  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Notice issue...
<ul><li>A Key Rule  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Employees are strictly prohibited from performing any work during the furlough p...
<ul><li>Employee Volunteers Prohibited  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fair Labor Standards Act </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Bona f...
<ul><li>Spotting Creativity Risks  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Employee is given option of pay cut or donation to non-profit emp...
Social Networking The Online Community
Explosion of Social Networking Sites <ul><li>Facebook has 200 million members </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter has 17.1 million m...
Users of Social Networking Sites <ul><li>Not just Gen Y employees </li></ul><ul><li>As of May 26, 2009, 56% of Facebook us...
 
What is Twitter? Who is Tweeting? <ul><li>An abbreviated, casual messaging system </li></ul><ul><li>Users publish 140 char...
 
Employment Screening Tool? <ul><li>Some employers now search Google as part of their regular background checks for applica...
Avoiding the Pitfalls <ul><li>Consider the following options: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Search only LinkedIn - site intended f...
Avoiding the Pitfalls <ul><li>Consider: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Obtaining written consent before searching Internet or socia...
Workplace Impact <ul><li>Caution managers on pitfalls of becoming “friends” with employees on social networking sites </li...
Claims From a “Wall” Post  <ul><li>Plaintiff tried to show discriminatory animus through manager’s web page </li></ul><ul>...
Internet Privacy <ul><li>Oxymoron???  </li></ul><ul><li>Disconnect between employees and employers: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>...
Invasion of Privacy? <ul><li>Employee must have a  reasonable  expectation of privacy </li></ul><ul><li>Newspaper publishe...
Manage to the Policy <ul><li>Employee had an expectation of privacy in text messages sent over employer-provided device </...
Disciplinary Tool? <ul><li>Employees set up invitation-only MySpace group “Spec-Tator” to “vent any BS we deal with . . . ...
Invasion of Privacy? <ul><li>As a practical matter, many employees restrict information with privacy settings  </li></ul><...
<ul><li>1/3 of users report that they never think about what the boss, coworkers or clients would think before posting mat...
Business Communications Tool? <ul><li>Blurring the line between personal </li></ul><ul><li>Social media as a marketing too...
What’s the Policy? <ul><li>Accessing personal social networking site using company time/resources </li></ul><ul><li>Option...
What’s the Policy? <ul><li>Employee’s personal content </li></ul><ul><li>Options: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Employees who iden...
What’s the Policy? <ul><li>Employer’s Social Networking Policy:  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Prohibit unlawful harassment/ discr...
Fisher & Phillips   LLP ATTORNEYS AT LAW Solutions at Work ®   Questions and Discussion Presented by: Regina A. Petty Phon...
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  1. 1. Fisher & Phillips LLP ATTORNEYS AT LAW Solutions at Work ® Atlanta · Charlotte · Chicago · Columbia · Dallas · Denver · Fort Lauderdale · Houston · Irvine · Kansas City · Las Vegas Louisville · New Jersey · New Orleans · Orlando · Philadelphia · Portland ME · Portland OR · San Diego · San Francisco · Tampa www.laborlawyers.com Presented by: Regina A. Petty Sustainable Work Practices Keeping the Staff Afloat Western Museums Association October 27, 2009
  2. 2. <ul><li>Challenging Economic Environment </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics January 2009 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2,227 mass layoff actions involving over 230,000 employees </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Unemployment rates today as high as 15% </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Budget Management </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hiring freeze and pay freeze </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Compensation reductions and furloughs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Voluntary programs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reductions in force </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. The Furlough Alternative <ul><li>People furloughed or working part-time rose from 3.7 million in June 2008 to 6.5 million in June 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>June 2009 Watson Wyatt survey found 13% of 179 HR executives had imposed furloughs and another 6% expected to do so in the next 12 months </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Avoiding Aftershocks </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Legal, retention and morale issues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fair Labor Standards Act </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>State Wage and Hour Laws </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Mandatory Furloughs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Designing for exempt employees </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Notice issues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Collective bargaining </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Benefits </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>A Key Rule </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Employees are strictly prohibited from performing any work during the furlough period. This includes checking work-related email and voice mail. </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Employee Volunteers Prohibited </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fair Labor Standards Act </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Bona fide” volunteer definition </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Person who offers their services freely and without pressure or coercion; </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Person is NOT employed to perform the same type of services provided as a volunteer </li></ul></ul></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>Spotting Creativity Risks </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Employee is given option of pay cut or donation to non-profit employer </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Social Networking The Online Community
  11. 11. Explosion of Social Networking Sites <ul><li>Facebook has 200 million members </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter has 17.1 million members </li></ul><ul><li>From April 2008 – April 2009: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Twitter experienced 1,298% increase in visitors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Facebook experienced a 217% increase in visitors </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Users of Social Networking Sites <ul><li>Not just Gen Y employees </li></ul><ul><li>As of May 26, 2009, 56% of Facebook users were over 26-years-old </li></ul><ul><li>In February and March 2009, Facebook’s fastest-growing demographic was 35-44 </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter is more popular with 35-49 demographic than 18-35-year-olds </li></ul>
  13. 14. What is Twitter? Who is Tweeting? <ul><li>An abbreviated, casual messaging system </li></ul><ul><li>Users publish 140 character “tweets” </li></ul><ul><li>Each user receives a live stream of tweets from people they are following </li></ul><ul><li>Current trendy site </li></ul>
  14. 16. Employment Screening Tool? <ul><li>Some employers now search Google as part of their regular background checks for applicants </li></ul><ul><li>Risk may outweigh possible gain </li></ul>
  15. 17. Avoiding the Pitfalls <ul><li>Consider the following options: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Search only LinkedIn - site intended for professional networking </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Displays user’s education and experience, may have professional references </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Caveat: Savvy applicant could manipulate information </li></ul></ul>
  16. 18. Avoiding the Pitfalls <ul><li>Consider: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Obtaining written consent before searching Internet or social networking sites </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If search reveals information that played a part in not hiring, keep copy of information and consider giving candidate opportunity to address the information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Be consistent - if you check any , check all candidates </li></ul></ul>
  17. 19. Workplace Impact <ul><li>Caution managers on pitfalls of becoming “friends” with employees on social networking sites </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t reveal anything you wouldn’t say or post in the break room </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Diligently use privacy controls to manage flow of information </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Could become part of harassment or discrimination claim even though “personal” page </li></ul>
  18. 20. Claims From a “Wall” Post <ul><li>Plaintiff tried to show discriminatory animus through manager’s web page </li></ul><ul><li>“ What’s wrong with women these days?” & “Chicks seem to have more issues these days than Jet Magazine and keep up more drama than daytime TV and Jerry Springer combined.” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Derrick v. Met. Gov’t. of Nashville & Davidson Co. (M.D. Ten. Dec. 17, 2007) </li></ul></ul>
  19. 21. Internet Privacy <ul><li>Oxymoron??? </li></ul><ul><li>Disconnect between employees and employers: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>53% of employees think content of Facebook page is not a boss’s concern </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>60% of executives believe they have a right to know how employees portray themselves and company online </li></ul></ul>
  20. 22. Invasion of Privacy? <ul><li>Employee must have a reasonable expectation of privacy </li></ul><ul><li>Newspaper published online journal that college student posted about home town </li></ul><ul><li>No expectation of privacy in publicly-available material </li></ul><ul><ul><li>( Moreno v. Hanford Sentinel (Cal.App. 2009)) </li></ul></ul>
  21. 23. Manage to the Policy <ul><li>Employee had an expectation of privacy in text messages sent over employer-provided device </li></ul><ul><li>Manager told employees that messages would not be audited </li></ul><ul><li>Ensure managers are not contradicting your privacy policy </li></ul><ul><li>( Quon v. Arch Wireless Operating Co . (9 th Cir. 2008)) </li></ul>
  22. 24. Disciplinary Tool? <ul><li>Employees set up invitation-only MySpace group “Spec-Tator” to “vent any BS we deal with . . . without outside eyes spying in on us” </li></ul><ul><li>Posting referred to violence, illegal drug use and copy of test for employees </li></ul><ul><li>Manager asked employee for password to gain access and terminated employees for criticizing bosses </li></ul><ul><li>Jury found no invasion of privacy but found wiretapping violation based on way password obtained </li></ul><ul><li>( Pietrylo v. Hillstone Restaurant Group d/b/a Houston’s (U.S. Dist N.J.) </li></ul>
  23. 25. Invasion of Privacy? <ul><li>As a practical matter, many employees restrict information with privacy settings </li></ul><ul><li>With actual permission to view information, privacy claim likely unsuccessful </li></ul><ul><li>No “fake” friend requests </li></ul>
  24. 26. <ul><li>1/3 of users report that they never think about what the boss, coworkers or clients would think before posting materials online </li></ul><ul><li>Employees may make untrue statements about company, other employees or managers </li></ul>Defamation
  25. 27. Business Communications Tool? <ul><li>Blurring the line between personal </li></ul><ul><li>Social media as a marketing tool </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Who should use </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>When to use </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How to use </li></ul></ul>
  26. 28. What’s the Policy? <ul><li>Accessing personal social networking site using company time/resources </li></ul><ul><li>Options: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mirror your personal e-mail policy unless productivity problem arises </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Outright ban of access at work </li></ul></ul>
  27. 29. What’s the Policy? <ul><li>Employee’s personal content </li></ul><ul><li>Options: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Employees who identify employer or use Company e-mail must adhere to code of conduct </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Outright ban on employees identifying their employer </li></ul></ul>
  28. 30. What’s the Policy? <ul><li>Employer’s Social Networking Policy: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Prohibit unlawful harassment/ discrimination </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Prohibit use of Company’s Proprietary, Confidential Information without express authorization </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Confirm no expectation of privacy where Company-provided system or e-mail </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Prohibit use of employee work e-mail address for social networking account </li></ul></ul>
  29. 31. Fisher & Phillips LLP ATTORNEYS AT LAW Solutions at Work ® Questions and Discussion Presented by: Regina A. Petty Phone: (858) 597-9614 Email: rpetty@laborlawyers.com Atlanta · Charlotte · Chicago · Columbia · Dallas · Denver · Fort Lauderdale · Houston · Irvine · Kansas City · Las Vegas Louisville · New Jersey · New Orleans · Orlando · Philadelphia · Portland ME · Portland OR · San Diego · San Francisco · Tampa www.laborlawyers.com

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