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FAQs on US employee privacy issues related to the COVID-19 vaccine

In addition to the issue of mandated COVID-19 vaccine policies, employers must also manage the related privacy risks. Below are some of the frequently asked questions surrounding the issues of employee privacy as it relates to the COVID-19 vaccine. We also have a downloadable version of our privacy FAQs. Question: Does it matter what type … Continue Reading

Tech industry watchdog challenges AI-driven recruiting practices

As technology continues to rapidly evolve, so do hiring and recruiting practices. A number of start-up companies have emerged in recent years offering employers the ability to use artificial intelligence (AI) to screen job candidates and determine their employability. These AI-driven recruiting practices, such as those that use facial and voice recognition technologies, are touted … Continue Reading

Applicant’s Prior Bankruptcy Permissible Basis for Refusal To Hire in U.S. Third Circuit

The United States Bankruptcy Code prohibits an employer from taking adverse action against an existing employee because of a bankruptcy filing. In December, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit refused to extend that same protection to applicants for employment. In Rea v. Federated Investors, the court ruled that the phrase “discrimination with respect to employment” in section … Continue Reading

U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Public Employer’s Search of Employer-Provided Communication Devices

Scott E. Blissman also contributed to this post. The U.S. Supreme Court held that a public employer’s review of transcripts of an employee’s text messages on an employer-issued pager constituted a reasonable search under the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution. City of Ontario, Calif. v. Quon, No. 08-1332 (June 17, 2010). Although the case … Continue Reading

New Jersey High Court Limits Employer’s Right To Review Employee Emails

Lessons for Employers in a Social Media World Recently, in Stengart v. Loving Care Agency, the New Jersey Supreme Court held that an employee had a reasonable expectation of privacy in her Internet-based emails to her lawyer, despite the fact that she sent such emails from a company-owned laptop and was on notice of the … Continue Reading

9th Circuit Limits Employer’s Ability to Obtain Employee E-mail and Text Message

In a unanimous ruling by a three-judge panel on June 18, 2008, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Quon v. Arch Wireless Operating Co., Inc. et al., 2008 U.S. App. LEXIS 12766, held: (1) that a third party vendor provided an electronic communication service to the subscriber/employer and that it violated the Stored Communications Act … Continue Reading