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New California restrictions on employer access to social media info

Amendments to Labor Code Chapter 2.5 implementing AB 1844 took effect Jan. 1. The amendments bar employers from asking employees or job applicants for any social media account information.

Combatting ‘cyber-slander’: How to protect your organization

Complaints from employees, customers and competitors are nothing new. Until recently, if complaints crossed the line from mere opinions to downright lies, companies could threaten a defamation lawsuit. Today, however, companies face a more insidious and growing problem: Internet libel, commonly known as “cyber-slander.”

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Investigating customer complaint: How can we access our sales rep’s cellphone records?


Q. We recently received a complaint that one of our sales reps had sent false emails and texts about one customer to another. We determined that the emails and texts have been sent from the cell­­phone we provide to the sales rep. We asked the service provider to send us copies of the emails and text messages. The service provider refused our request. Why can’t we get that information?

State university adopts HR plan separate from government’s


A major overhaul of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s HR system began as an attempt for the university to create an HR system separate from the Wisconsin state government’s, in part so it would have greater flexibility to reward and retain talented employees.

Surveillance video law: How do we comply?


Q. We have surveillance cameras in several locations in our workplace that record activity, but no sound. The images can be viewed over the Internet by supervisors and HR personnel who have the password to the site. What should our privacy and electronic communications policy say about access to the camera feed?

Cyber Monday is looming: Recirculate your online policy

Cyber Monday, the online version of deal-hunting Black Friday, is Nov. 26. Last holiday season, 50% of people said they spent time shopping online at work. Clarify your expectations and company policy with employees before the holidays begin.

Employers set few limits on off-duty smartphone usage

Only 21% of employers set formal policies that limit employees’ use of cellphones and tablets during nonworking hours, and 26% have informal policies limiting their use, says a new SHRM survey.

Workers using iPads? Tap into the best apps

The iPad can be a great tool for your employees, especially if they move from place to place or are on the go all day. Here are the essential business apps for any employee, according to PC Magazine:

How can an IT network crash become an employment law issue?


Why should HR worry about what the IT department does? After all, you’re about people … they’re about hardware and software. But there is one time when HR must collaborate with IT: when the system goes down.