Thursday, November 14, 2019

Spotlight Session: Firing Employees for Their Social Media Posts: Ethical and Legal Issues



Firing Employees for Their Social Media Posts: Ethical and Legal Issues Used at the MBA level and conducted at companies for executives and mid-level staff, my published Sage business case provides a hypothetical set of facts in which an employee uses social media to complain about an employer. The employee made the complaints on his own time and using personal equipment. Participants are placed in the role of a manager, who must navigate the ethical and legal boundaries of workplace speech. Recent case law will be discussed as some HR professionals may be surprised to learn that their company social media policy is defective and in need of revision.

By the end of this case study, participants should be able to:
• weigh ethical and legal issues when addressing an employee’s social media activities; and
• understand the importance of managers in communicating effectively with employees on complying with social media policies, both in and out of the workplace.

Furthermore, the group should have an improved understanding of how managers need to:
• balance ethical issues, attendant to an employee’s social media activities;
• assess legal issues when addressing an employee’s social media activities;
• determine whether “employees at will” have workplace social media speech rights;
• interact with company human resources professionals prior to disciplining an employee; and
• ensure that they effectively communicate company social media policies to employees.  


Click here to read about my Social Media in the Workplace research.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Binder Law Training Topics, 2019-2020



For HR Professionals and company employees:

I. Leading By Example 
A. Ethics in the Workplace for Managers, Supervisors, and all Employees
-   B. Social Media in the Workplace
-   C. Re-Sensitizing Employees to Harassment and Discrimination Issues

II. Internal Controls: Protecting the Company’s Assets
A. Contracts - What managers and supervisors need to know about contracts
B. Intellectual Property - All employees must guard the company’s valuable brand
C. Minimizing External Business Risks with an Effective Document Retention Program

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

IP for WomenLead GSU Entrepreneurs


Great time speaking on hashtagIP for hashtagWomenLead hashtagGSU hashtagEntrepreneurs class with Dr. Isabelle Monlouis.hashtag


5 Common Law Mistakes:
Choosing wrong business partners
Incorporating before a trademark search
Securing corporate name trademark protection
Entity selection
- Not having a Shareholders Agreement to protect self-interest
- Not having Work for Hire Agreements with Transfer of IP

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Speaking on 5 Most Common Law Mistakes when Starting a Business


Great time today speaking in GSU College of Arts Jeff Boortz #GraphicArts class on the 5 biggest law mistakes in starting a business. ⁦

Friday, July 26, 2019

Training Session: Minimizing External Business Risks



Looking forward to this session:

Minimizing External Business Risks - Half Day - Three (3) contact hours*

A. Overview of Legal System
-          How attorneys strategize and interact with the business side

B. Effective document retention programs
-          Paper and electronic
-          What is a litigation hold?

      C. Introduction to Business Litigation
-         Types of damages
-         Mitigation of damages
-         Agency issues
-         Equitable Issues
-         Defenses

D. The Business Person’s Role in the Litigation Process
-         A business case is built on documents
How to avoid "smoking gun" documents 
How electronic discovery is increasing corporate risk
Ethical solutions to potential liability issues 
Your role in a lawsuit's discovery process 
o   Production of documents
o   Preparing for your deposition
Effective interaction with counsel 
Defusing lawyer tricks and tactics
Interactive exercises:  Ethics module
Homework: GM case

* This session can be in a Full Day, Six (6) hour format. (usually done for paralegal or new attorney training and may not be needed for business people)