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Employer Concerns about Employees’ Access to Social Networks Leads to Stricter Policies

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The findings of a spring 2010 Robert Half survey reveals that many of the respondents (chief information officers) are troubled at how much social networks, such as Facebook and Twitter, distract employees during the workday. This has led to 38 percent of those surveyed stating that they have implemented stricter rules relating to employees’ access to social network sites during the workday. The new survey as well as a similar Robert Half survey in October 2009 found that the number of CIOs with policies that don’t allow any access to social network sites has remained same at a...

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Progressive Employers Expand Employee Benefits Packages to Include Commuter-Costs

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Economic pressures during the last two years have forced employers to freeze or reduce employee benefits. According to a recent Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) survey, employee benefits have decreased at 60 percent of the companies participating in the survey. Some forward-thinking employees, however, have decided to pay employees’ commuter costs as a proactive benefits strategy. There is evidence that doing so can improve a company’s financial picture, help balance employees family budgets and contribute to a greener world. Many of those progressive employers base...

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Employer Strategies to Respond to “Cybersmears”, Part 3

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Part 3 of this news posting presents the methods employers can implement for the third level of three strategies to resolve cypersmearing situations. The third-level strategy is to look to the laws and courts for an answer. For example, if an employer cannot discover the name of a cypersmearer, the employer can file a”John Doe” lawsuit. Its purpose is to request a subpoena that forces the owner of the Web site where the cypersmear appears to provide information that reveals the cypersmearer’s identity. If an employer can obtain such a subpoena and the name of the employee,...

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Employer Strategies to Respond to “Cybersmears”, Part-2

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The previous news posting introduced the concept of cypersmearing, which is defined as employees’ unidentified online postings of libelous, harassing or humiliating comments about their employer or co-workers. Employers have three strategies and various methods to address this issue. This posting presents the second of those strategies. The second-stage strategy requires different methods to lessen the negative effects of the cypersmear. Employers can start by requesting the people who control the Web site or blog where the cypersmear appears to delete it, but don’t expect the...

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Employer Strategies to Respond to “Cybersmears”, Part-2

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As if there wasn’t enough confusion about addressing employees’ personal use of e-mail and the Internet, employers are faced with an even more complicated technology challenge: the cypersmear. This is defined as employees’ unidentified online postings of libelous, harassing or humiliating comments about their employer or co-workers. The purpose of such postings may also be to reveal company secrets. Cypersmearing is serious; but it’s important to remember that it doesn’t include anonymous online criticism. It may be unwarranted, but criticism, even of an...

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