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Marital Communications are “Essential to the Preservation of Marriage” – Unless Made from a Workplace Computer

Posted in Privacy, Workplace Privacy
Editor’s Note: This post is a joint submission to BakerHostetler’s Discovery Advocate blog. Communications between spouses are typically accorded a “marital communications privilege” because they are “regarded as so essential to the preservation of the marriage relationship as to outweigh the disadvantages to the administration of justice which the privilege entails.”  But marital communications to … Continue Reading

Maryland First to Enact Social Media Ban

Posted in Workplace Privacy
Although it may not be a widespread practice among employers, asking employees or job applicants to provide passwords or access rights to social media accounts (e.g. Facebook or Twitter) has gained national attention and has been widely criticized by advocacy groups and politicians. While members of Congress are evaluating ways to prohibit the practice, Maryland became the … Continue Reading

NLRB Issues Advice Memorandums Regarding Disciplining Employees for Social Media Misconduct

Posted in Workplace Privacy
Since the advent of social networking websites like Facebook, employers have struggled to determine when it is appropriate to discipline an employee who engages in misconduct through social media.  Fortunately, the NLRB offered significant guidance on this issue in three Advice Memorandums submitted in July 2011.  These Memorandums seem to indicate an employer may discipline … Continue Reading