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Best practices guide on ciminal background checks published for US employers

Jurisdiction: - United States

The National Employment Law Project is a US advocacy organization for employment rights of lower-wage workers, It has offices across the United States and a staff of lawyers, policy experts and researchers.

Of note to US employers, the Project recently published a "Criminal Background Checks: A Best Practices Guide" (March 17, 2011), which speaks to best practices in the US context.

"Washington State Legislature Targets Bullying in the Workplace"

Jurisdiction: - United States

Jackson Lewis, a US labour and employment firm with offices across the country, posted an article last month on its website entitled,  "Washington State Legislature Targets Bullying in the Workplace" (February 15, 2011).

The article states that:  read more »

Upcoming conferences on labour, employment, human rights, privacy, immigration, pensions & benefits law

The table below contains a comprehensive list of the upcoming workplace law (employment, labour, human rights, pensions, privacy and immigration) conferences in Canada in 2011. The full names of the service providers, and links to their sites, are at the bottom of the page.

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"Employee's E-mail to Attorney Not Privileged Where Sent by Employer's Computer, California Court Rules"

Jurisdiction: - United States

Jackson Lewis, a labour and employment firm with offices in almost every US state, has published a case summary entitled, "Employee's E-mail to Attorney Not Privileged Where Sent by Employer's Computer, California Court Rules"

Ths summary covers the California Court of Appeal's decision in Holmes v. Petrovich Development Co., LLC, No. C059133 (Cal. Ct. App. Jan. 13, 2011).

"Anti-Bullying Legislation"

Robyn Durling of the BC Human Rights Coalition prepared a paper on, "Anti-Bullying Legislation", for the Human Rights Conference (Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia) in November 2010.

"Individual's 'Private' Social Networking Sites Are Not Exactly Private, New York Court Rules"

Jurisdiction: - United States

An "Individual's 'Private' Social Networking Sites Are Not Exactly Private, New York Court Rules". That is the title of a case summary published by Jackson Lewis, a US labour and employment law firm.

The case is Romano v. Steelcase, Inc., __ Misc. 2d. __, 2010 NY Slip Op. 20388 (Sup. Ct., Suffolk County 2010). According to the summary, in a lawsuit for personal injuries, a New York court determined that information designated as “private” on a plaintiff’s Facebook and MySpace pages could be accessed by the defendants in pre-trial discovery.

US in-house counsel surveyed on key labour and employment law issues facing their organizations

Jurisdiction: - United States

Jackson Lewis, a labour and employment law firm with 46 offices throughout the United States, has released the results of a Workplace Survey it conducted of in-house counsel at large and medium size companies across the US.

The survey asked the in-house lawyers about trends and practices in their organizations. As set out in Jackson Lewis' June 18, 2010 press release, among the most notable findings from the survey were:  read more »

Upcoming labour, employment and human rights law conferences in Western Canada/the Pacific Northwest

Topics: - Conferences

Here is a partial list of upcoming labour law, employment law and human rights law  conferences in Western Canada/the Pacific Northwest:

March 2010

17-18:    2010 Vancouver Human Rights and Accommodation Conference, (Lancaster House)

18:        Legal Symposium: Developing Your Employment Law Knowledge, Surrey, BC  (BCHRMA)

April 2010

14-15:   The 2010 Accommodation Conference, Regina, SK (labourlawonline.ca)

20:        IPM Vancouver One Day Conference (Institute of Professional Management)

28-29:   The 2010 Accommodation Conference, Edmonton, AB (labourlawonline.ca)  read more »

"43rd Annual Pacific Coast Labor & Employment Law Conference" to be held May 13-14, 2010 in Seattle, WA

Topics: - Conferences
Jurisdiction: - United States

The 43rd Annual Pacific Coast Labor & Employment Law Conference will be held on May 13 & 14, 2010 in Seattle, Washington. The agenda is not out yet, but limited registration/contact information can be found here. The topics from last year's conference can be found here.

Unfortunately for practitioners in British Columbia, the CLE "Employment Law Conference 2010" in Vancouver is scheduled for the same dates.

US Supreme Court to decide if privacy rights covered worker's personal text message on employer's equipment

Jurisdiction: - United States
Sector: - Public Safety

You can read about the case in the NY Times article ("Supreme Court Takes Texting Case", Dec. 14, 2009) found here.