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Managing the Modern Workplace
V&E International Labor & Employment Resources

National Employer Gets Tangled up by Differing State Standards

Recent headlines involving Buzzfeed News highlighted the challenges that multi-state employers can have when some of their employees are subject to more employee-friendly state laws than others. When Buzzfeed recently laid off 15% of its workforce, it initially announced that, consistent with applicable local laws, it would only pay out unused but accrued vacation time for those employees located in states that required such payment.

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Doing Background Checks Right (Part Three)

When talking about background checks in the first two parts of this series, we focused our attention on “consumer” or “investigative” reports an employer might obtain from a third-party company that specializes in doing background checks. This is because few human resources departments have the time or personnel resources to devote to checking court records in every jurisdiction where an applicant may have lived.

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  • July
  • 2016


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Social Media Spotlight: Policies & Guidelines

There’s not one size fits all when it comes to social media policies, however there are some consistent elements that employers should consider having in their guidelines. Chris Bacon outlines these common elements and emphasizes the importance of crafting social media polices that do not violate an employee’s rights under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA).

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Social Media Spotlight: Current Employees

There are a number of reasons why employers should not look at the social media postings of their employees - it violates privacy and rights protected under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), and can potentially create liability for the employer. There may be situations, however, when reviewing an employee's social media page is necessary. Chris Bacon talks through these situations and how an employer might consider conducting this type of investigation. 

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Thomas H. Wilson

Thomas H. Wilson Partner

Christopher V. Bacon

Christopher V. Bacon Counsel

Sean Becker

Sean Becker Partner

Stephen M. Jacobson

Stephen M. Jacobson Partner

Martin C. Luff

Martin Luff Counsel

Lawrence S. Elbaum Partner