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New York Law Journal: Smart Devices in the Workplace

Posted in Employee Privacy, Privacy Regulation

One of the year’s hottest topics in privacy and security – BYOD.   Here is an article written by Mintz Levin’s Cynthia Larose and Narges Kakalia and published in the New York Law Journal. One good resolution for 2013 might be to review (or establish) your company’s policy dealing with employee-owned devices in the workplace.  … Continue Reading

More Detail on Quan Case

Posted in Employee Privacy

My colleague, Martha Zackin, has published a more extensive discussion of the issues before the U.S. Supreme Court in the Quan case – ELB Law Information: Supreme Court to Hear Case re Employer’s Access to Employee’s Text Messages

Supreme Court will review some issues in Quon Case, denied review to other issues

Posted in Employee Privacy

Some additional information on yesterday’s post regarding the Supreme Court’s decision to hear the Quon case. The high Court agreed to hear some, but not all of the issues presented by the Ninth Circuit decision in the case. The Court will consider whether a police sergeant assigned to a SWAT team had a reasonable expectation… Continue Reading

Supreme Court To Decide Privacy of Employee Texts

Posted in Employee Privacy

U.S. Supreme Court this morning decided to hear a case on the privacy of employee text messages sent on employer-provided devices, reports the Washington Post (see below). The case–City of Ontario v. Quon–could have profound implications on employee privacy rights, according to a Baltimore Sun report. It involves an Ontario, California police officer who sent… Continue Reading

When employee handbooks don’t tell the whole story…..

Posted in Employee Privacy

  Written by Cynthia and Jennifer The discussion of employer access to employee emails in our September 21 blog entry continues with another appellate court decision about workplace privacy rights. In Stengart v. Loving Care Agency, Inc., the court completely rejected an employer’s attempt to rely upon an email policy to gain access to an… Continue Reading

$1.8 Million Verdict in Pretexting Case

Posted in Employee Privacy

Written by Cynthia and Michael A Cook County, Illinois jury recently awarded $1.8 million dollars to Kathy Lawlor, who claimed that her former employer, North American Corp. of Illinois, violated her privacy rights by hiring a private investigator who fraudulently obtained her telephone records through the use of “pretexting” – or by pretending to be… Continue Reading

Long-Awaited California Decision on Cameras in the Workplace

Posted in Employee Privacy

California Supreme Court has finally issued its decision in a workplace privacy case finding that an employer’s placement of a hidden camera in an office used by two employees did not violate the employees’ right to privacy. This case has drawn much attention as it worked its way through the appellate courts. My colleagues in… Continue Reading