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Employee Leave For Kids’ School Activities

Being a working parent is challenging, but California law provides some help. There are legal protections for employees who are parents of school-aged children and are juggling the demands of school issues and work. Here’s a look at the legal protections and what employers are required to provide. Continue reading

No Butts at Work, But Some Exceptions

ThinkstockPhotos-487538163Smoking in California workplaces has been prohibited for decades. But just because you see or smell tobacco smoke in a workplace doesn’t mean the law is being broken. Understand the law and its exclusions so you can properly advise your clients. Continue reading

BYOD = BYOA (Aspirin)

ThinkstockPhotos-76800137The following is a guest blog post by Perry L. Segal, an eDiscovery attorney with more than 25 years of combined experience in law and technology. He regularly writes on the subject at eDiscovery Insights.

In a side-by-side comparison between the benefits and detriments of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device), there’s no doubt that allowing BYOD might seem likely to yield productivity gains and other benefits for the company. But from a technology-management standpoint, BYOD causes great difficulty. If I were consulted, here’s why I’d likely fall into the “against” group.

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Lessons on Social Media in the Workplace

485226707The following is a guest blog post by Tyler M. Paetkau, a partner with Hartnett, Smith & Paetkau in Redwood City. Tyler represents employers in all aspects of labor and employment law. He’s a frequent author and speaker on labor and employment law issues, and the former Chair of the Executive Committee of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the State Bar of California.

The workplace has certainly been affected by the explosion of social media. Courts and administrative agencies are grappling with complex issues involving employee personal privacy, harassment, defamation, trade secret misappropriation, and union-organizing efforts in the age of social media. Although the rules are far from clear, there is some guidance for employers out there. Continue reading

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