Jul 032014

The Canadian Press reports: Alberta’s privacy commissioner has rebuked Education Minister Jeff Johnson for contacting thousands of teachers by collecting their personal emails. Privacy commissioner Jill Clayton’s office says that while Johnson was OK using the business emails of teachers, personal emails are out of bounds. Read more on Global Post.

Jun 282014

Jeff D. Gorman reports on another case involving use (or misuse) of social media in the workplace: An Idaho nurse who ranted on Facebook that he wanted to slap a patient is not entitled to unemployment benefits, the state’s highest court ruled. Joseph Talbot had been working as a nurse at Desert View Care Center [...]

Jun 282014

Eric Goldman writes: Jane Stewart, a company manager, posted the following on her Facebook page: Isn’t [it] amazing how Jimmy experienced a 5 way heart bypass just one month ago and is back to work, especially when you consider George Shoun’s shoulder injury kept him away from work for 11 months and now he is [...]

Jun 232014

Joseph Lazzarotti writes: Mr. Degel [of the TV show Restaurant Stakeout] is no doubt an exciting and informative host, but it was not his management advice (which may have been very good) that kept me watching. The level of monitoring employed by the show is indicative of the growing level of surveillance going on at [...]

May 272014

Thomas Ahearn reports: Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has signed  House Bill 340 (HB 340), the Personal Online Account Privacy Protection Act  into law to prohibit employers in the state from requesting or requiring access to the personal online accounts of job applicants or employees effective immediately. The full text of HB 340, the Personal Online [...]

May 162014

Marlene Kennedy reports: A New York Department of Labor worker, who was fired and got his job back because his bosses had snooped on him, wants his job back after being fired a second time. In terminating him again, Michael A. Cunningham claims, the department failed to carry out a review of his first firing [...]

May 162014

Courthouse News reports: Four South Bend, Ind., police officers claim a City Council member defamed them after listening to illegal wiretaps of their conversations. Brian Young, Dave Wells, Steve Richmond and Tim Corbett sued South Bend, its Common Council, and Councilor Henry Davis, in St. Joseph County Court. The 5-page lawsuit does not identify the [...]