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Jun 07, 2018

Breakfast with Pat: Social Media & Technology Issues in the Workplace

Pat Collins led the second session of our 2018 Labor & Employment Breakfast Series this morning with a seminar on Social Media & Technology Issues in the Workplace.

Pat spoke to a crowd of fifty HR Professionals and attorneys on the role that social networking plays in pre-employment, current employment, and post-employment scenarios. » Read More

Apr 17, 2018

Interactive Mock Trial Recap

Thanks to PAHCOM for inviting us to their Spring Inspiration where we presented “The Curious Case of Dr. Oblivious: An Interactive Mock Trial.” We hope to see some of you at our seminar tomorrow on Social Media, or our Supervisor  Harassment Training next week. » Read More

Dec 20, 2017

NLRB Changes Standard for Joint Employment

Longtime readers of this blog and attendees of our seminars are well aware that, in recent years, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has not been particularly kind to employers.  Whether it’s implementing the “quickie” election rules, approving “micro units,” or fixating on the impact of social media on the workplace, the Board has made its presence known to both unionized and non-unionized employers in a variety of ways. » Read More

Mar 22, 2016

The Hits Keep on Coming for Chipotle

2016 has not been a good year so far for Chipotle Mexican Grill. An E.coli outbreak at its restaurants in several states has led to a criminal investigation, decreased consumer confidence, and a potential negative earnings report. A National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”) delivered more bad news last week by ruling that Chipotle used an unlawful social media policy to force an employee to delete certain Twitter posts. » Read More

Feb 26, 2016

To Yelp or Not to Yelp: An Analysis of an Employee’s Online “Open Letter” to Her CEO

Last week, Yelp customer service agent Talia Jane wrote an open letter to her boss, Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman, on her blog.  In the “open letter” Ms. Jane complained about her “low wages” and that she, unfortunately, had to spend most of her money on her rent for the one bedroom apartment she rented in the San Francisco Bay area.  » Read More

Oct 06, 2015

You Can’t Fire Me for What I Said. That Would be a Violation of my Freedom of Speech!

Many employees and employers mistakenly believe that an employee cannot be fired for “speech” made at work or outside of work.  For example, an employee posts on his Facebook page that he hates all minorities.  He brings a Confederate flag to work and hangs it in his office.  » Read More

May 03, 2013

Another Facebook Firing Decision by the National Labor Relations Board

Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act protects the right of employees to discuss with each other, the terms and conditions of their employment, including their wages and benefits.  A recent decision of the National Labor Relations Board once again emphasized that these protections apply to both union and non-union employees,  whether the discussions are in person or through social media such as Facebook. » Read More

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