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NJ: Employers Can’t Ask for Social Media Passwords

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NorthJersey.com reports that New Jersey governor Chris Christie has signed a law that prohibits employers from asking both current and prospective employees for their social media passwords. The legislation also states that employers cannot require applicants to waive or limit their rights as delineated in the newly signed law. While the legislation stops employers from […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

September 16th, 2013 at 9:21 am

Small Business News Weekly Roundup: 10/7/11

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In this week’s small business news roundup, we’ll discuss what small business owners can learn from Apple post-Steve Jobs, the role of Starbucks in small business development (yes, you read that correctly), how a new NLRB report may affect businesses’ social media policies, and tips for establishing positive eating habits as a small business owner. […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

October 7th, 2011 at 11:27 am

Court Stops Missouri’s Law Restricting Online Teacher/Student Communications

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A few weeks ago, we talked about Missouri’s Amy Hestir Student Protection Act, which restricts student-teacher online communications. The law was set to come into effect August 28, but a Missouri judge has agreed with the plaintiffs, represented by the Eastern Missouri ACLU, in a lawsuit challenging its constitutionality and has issued an preliminary injunction […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

August 29th, 2011 at 11:04 am

Teacher-Student Online Communications Restricted in Missouri

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Missouri State Capitol by David Shane on Flickr Missouri Governor Jay Nixon recently signed into law the Amy Hestir Student Protection Act, which restricts online interaction between students and teachers. The law is named for Amy Hestir, a former student in the Missouri public school system who was a minor when she was sexually assaulted […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

August 2nd, 2011 at 9:56 am

NLRB Files Complaint for Employee Fired for Facebook Posting

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The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is taking up the case of a car dealership employee who was fired after criticizing his employer on Facebook. The complaint states that a salesman at Knauz BMW in Lake Bluff, Illinois posted photos and comments on Facebook criticizing his management’s choice of hot dogs and bottled water for […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

May 26th, 2011 at 7:23 am

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Small Business News Weekly Roundup: 5/20/11

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In this week’s small business news roundup, we’ll talk about Intuit’s small business grants, why you should be careful about business credit cards, free training seminars/webinars, and more social media tips. Here we go! Intuit to Award $1 Million in Small-Business Grants: As part of its ongoing Love a Local Business campaign, Intuit has pledged […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

May 20th, 2011 at 11:39 am

Small Business News Weekly Roundup: 1/21/11

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This week’s small business news roundup starts with an op-ed from President Obama, who assures small business owners he’s on their side. You can also check out some useful customer relationship management apps and tips for buying small business insurance as well as some more information regarding using social media. Here we go! Barack Obama: […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

January 21st, 2011 at 1:54 pm

Can You Get Fired for Making Disparaging Facebook Comments About Your Supervisor?

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According to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), no. The NLRB has filed a complaint against a Connecticut ambulance company for firing an employee who made critical remarks about her supervisor on Facebook. Although employees are allowed to vent about working conditions and their employers in general, the specific issue of criticisms made over social […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

November 9th, 2010 at 9:36 am

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50+ Social Media Tips for Small Businesses

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Small biz guru and author Ja-Nae Duane wants to help you start your business! Just retweet this article with hashtag #bizwith100 for a chance to win a signed copy of Ja-Nae’s book How to Start Your Business with $100. (See below for full details.) Many small businesses are discovering the benefits of social media.  I […]

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Written by Ja-Naé Duane

November 4th, 2010 at 7:22 am

Private Social Media Postings Fair Game in Personal Injury Suit

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A judge in Suffolk County, New York has ruled that a plaintiff’s private Facebook and MySpace postings are discoverable by the defendant in a personal injury claim. The crux of Acting Justice Jeffrey Arlen Spinner’s decision is that public postings on these social media accounts “contain material that is contrary to [the plaintiff's] claims and […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

September 30th, 2010 at 9:53 am