Annmarie Simeone Discusses Legal Implications of Social Media with Somerset County Businesses

Posted on June 28th, 2012

Bridgewater, NJ (June 28, 2012) – Annmarie Simeone, a Member of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., presented “Social Media in the Workplace” to the Human Resources Special Interest Group of the Somerset County Business Partnership on Wednesday, June 27, 2012. She discussed the legal implications for businesses using social media in all aspects of the employment process, from recruitment and hiring through termination, as well as the viability and use of technology policies in the workplace.

The Somerset County Business Partnership is the premier business resource in Central New Jersey. A member-driven organization, this enhanced Chamber of Commerce, with Four-star Accreditation through the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, speaks with a powerful, unified, and dynamic voice representing many vital interests in Somerset County. A diverse composition of investors and members allows the Partnership to integrate the agendas of many organizations working toward similar economic, educational, and quality of life goals. The Human Resources Special Interest Group is a resource for individuals who have primary responsibility for hiring, firing, providing day to day direction to employees and are responsible to address any employee conflict or inquiries by government agencies.

Simeone, a resident of Woodbridge, concentrates her practice on labor and employment counseling and litigation. She has a wide range of experience in state and federal courts, as well as in alternative dispute resolution venues, primarily defending management in claims made by employees under state and federal employment laws, including claims of sexual harassment, race, gender, national origin, and disability discrimination. She has defended employers in cases alleging constructive discharge, wrongful termination, retaliation, breach of express or implied employment contracts, intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress, and violations of restrictive covenants. She defends corporations, as well as individual officers, directors, and employees, addressing both issues unique to small businesses and challenges faced by larger companies.

In addition, Simeone provides advice and counseling to human resource professionals and in-house counsel on a wide range of employment issues, including family and medical leave, employee discipline and terminations, disability accommodations, layoff issues such as WARN compliance, and the negotiation and design of severance packages. She also drafts employee manuals and employment-related policies and procedures.

Simeone earned her J.D. from Seton Hall University in 1993, and her B.A., summa cum laude, from St. John’s University in 1990. She is admitted to the New Jersey Bar, and is a member of the New Jersey State and Middlesex County Bar Associations. She is also a member of the Association of the Federal Bar of the State of New Jersey and the Society for Human Resource Management.

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