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Employment Law

Employee E-mail/Text Privacy – Supreme Court Ruling

Privacy issues have become a prevailing part of society today, from Google to Facebook to cameras that are everywhere and seem to monitor a person’s every move. Some consider it Orwellian, while others regard the explosion of social media as a form of free-spirited expression. It’s paradoxical to some degree. Yet for employers, less concerned with personal practices than professional policies, it can be downright confusing. The question confounding business owners is: can I or can’t I check an employee’s text messages or email account without getting in trouble?

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Employment Law

Snowpocolypse Changes Inclement Weather Policies

“Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.” It’s a nice little jingle, but I think most of us on the East Coast have had enough. The accumulation of white stuff - in record-breaking amounts for us Washington-area folks - has also resulted in calls from several clients concerned about their inclement weather policies, particularly in light of the snow’s negative impact on productivity and profits. While employers in many locales across the country might have little occasion to consider or actually use their inclement weather policies, the massive amount of snow that blanketed the mid-Atlantic states this winter has employers in the region focused on implementing, and at the same time, re-considering such policies.

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Employment Law

Background Checks Under Scrutiny by State Legislators

Most employers are well aware that conducting background checks on prospective employees is tricky business, particularly under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). And it may get even trickier in Maryland if the state legislature passes the Job and Financial Privacy Protection Act, which was recently introduced in the Senate as SB 110, or HB 175, the House’s version of the same bill.

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