DW Presents on the Pitfalls and Benefits of Social Networking for Employers

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Dickinson Wright Seminar on the Pitfalls and Benefits of Social Networking for Employers Dickinson Wright PLLC attorneys David J. Houston and Tiffany A. Buckley-Norwood, in conjunction with the firm's Marketing department, will present a seminar on social networking and its benefits and pitfalls to employers on Friday, April 16, 2010 at Automation Alley in Troy, Michigan. The seminar begins at 8:30 a.m. with breakfast and registration, and concludes at 11:00 a.m. Social networking has proven to be a compelling attraction to employees, and offers benefits -- and risks -- to those workers and their employers. Most employers, however, do not have a formal policy in place to guide and address the use of social networking sites by employees. Employers who would access social networking sites for seemingly legitimate purposes such as pre-employment selection or employee discipline may be subjecting themselves to unanticipated claims or liability. Attendees of this seminar will hear an overview of the legal implications surrounding social networking policies and information, and will learn about brand management and practical considerations that must be taken into account while drafting social media policies. About the Speakers David J. Houston is a member in Dickinson Wright 's Lansing office. His multi-faceted practice spans a number of practice groups, including Labor and Employment. Mr. Houston has been recognized by both "Best Lawyers in America" and "Michigan Super Lawyers." He is experienced in all aspects of employment and labor relations law, and represents employers before federal and state trial courts, appellate courts and agencies. He has an active practice counseling and defending employers in NLRA matters, employment contracts and employment discrimination and harassment litigation. Mr. Houston also litigates employee trade secret and non-compete claims. Among his credits, he has provided advice in matters before the National Labor Relation Board involving evidence obtained from social networking sites. Mr. Houston is a graduate of the University of Michigan and received his law degree from the University of Wisconsin, where he earned the Order of the Coif for legal scholarship. Tiffany A. Buckley-Norwood is an associate in Dickinson Wright's Detroit office. She counsels and defends employers in various employment issues, and reviews and advises employers on employee handbooks and personnel policies. She also provides employee anti-harassment training. She has litigated numerous discrimination cases, and frequently advises employers on statutory compliance issues. Ms. Buckley-Norwood has been recognized as a "Rising Star" in labor and employment law. She earned her B.S. (with honors) from the University of Michigan and her J.D. from Boston College Law School. About Dickinson Wright PLLC Dickinson Wright PLLC is a full-service law firm with more than 40 practice areas. Founded in 1878, Dickinson Wright has approximately 260 attorneys in offices located in Grand Rapids, Detroit, Bloomfield Hills, Ann Arbor, and Lansing, Michigan; Nashville, Tennessee; Phoenix, Arizona; Washington, D.C.; and Toronto.
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