Federal Law

Legislation seeks to ban employer use of employee social media passwords

Chicago Partner Mark Spognardi recently wrote an article, “Legislation seeks to ban employer use of employee social media passwords: Companies could face privacy or discrimination suits for requesting personal log-in information,” that discusses the recent legislative trend seeking to prohibit employers from asking applicants and employees for usernames and passwords to their social media networking […]

Employers must comply with NLRB employee rights posting rule by April 30

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) employee rights notice-posting requirement was recently upheld as valid by U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson. As such, most private sector employers, regardless of whether they are unionized or not, will be required to display this poster no later than April 30, 2012. Excluded from coverage under the National Labor […]

Federal Law Now Recognizes the Employee-Union Representative Privilege

In a case of first impression, the Northern District of Illinois recently held in Bell v. Village of Streamwood (Case No. 10 C 3263) that an employee-union representative privilege exists as a matter of federal common law. In so holding, the Court reasoned that a union representative’s role is not unlike that of an attorney, […]