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Judge Limits In-House Attorney Privilege in MasterCard Ruling

On August 25, 2014, Magistrate Judge Sarah Netburn of the Southern District of New York issued an order compelling MasterCard to produce several documents that the company had previously identified as privileged. The plaintiff in the ongoing contract dispute, International Cards Company, Ltd., challenged MasterCard’s privilege log, which led Judge Netburn to instruct MasterCard to … Continue Reading

Special Report: Social Media Roundup

Rhode Island, Louisiana, New Hampshire, and Oklahoma are the latest states to provide prospective and/or current employees with increased social media protections. Read this special report to learn more about the new laws and the implications for covered employers. In this issue: Rhode Island Louisiana New Hampshire Oklahoma Takeaway Read the full text of the … Continue Reading

Louisiana Has Joined 16 Other States and Prohibits Employers from Accessing Employee Online Accounts

On August 1, 2014, Louisiana’s “Personal Online Account Protection Act,” codified as La. Rev. Stat. §§ 28:1951-1955, went into effect.  Louisiana has joined sixteen other states that have enacted laws prohibiting or restricting employers from accessing employees’ personal online accounts – including social media (Twitter, Facebook or similar sites), email accounts, or any other online … Continue Reading

DOJ and National Federation of the Blind Enter Into Consent Decree with H&R Block to Require Website and Mobile Application Accessibility for Individuals with Disabilities

On March 6, 2014, the National Federation of the Blind and the United States Department of Justice (“DOJ”), as a plaintiff-intervenor, entered into a consent decree with HRB Digital LLC and HRB Tax Group, Inc. (collectively, “H&R Block” or “Defendants”) to remedy alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (“ADA”), as asserted … Continue Reading

New Jersey’s “More Properly Balanced” Social Media Law Signed by Governor Christie

On August 19, 2013,New Jersey’s state legislature passed A2878, to prohibit employers from requiring or requesting that prospective and current employees disclose their user names and passwords to their personal social media accounts. The bill incorporated changes proposed by Governor Chris Christie, who had vetoed an earlier version of the bill, and was signed into … Continue Reading

Illinois Amends Social Media Law Enacted Just Last Year

On August 16, 2013, Illinois amended its social media law that had restricted employer access to an applicant’s or employee’s social media account. The amendments clarify that the law’s proscriptions only apply to personal social media accounts, and add an express exception to permit employers to monitor professional accounts. Read this alert for more on the … Continue Reading
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