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WPC 2016 and the Global Tech Community

Yesterday was Day 1 of the annual Microsoft World Partners Conference here in Toronto.  As the news continues to highlight the distressing conflicts south of the border and around the world, a conference like WPC is a welcomed reminder that we all have far more in common than not. There are 16,000 attendees that have descended on Toronto in the last … Continue Reading

Top 3 Uniquely Canadian Workplace Issues

Toronto is a great place to be a tech employer. It’s a cool city with exciting innovation and talent. If you’re a US company considering getting in on the action in Toronto, there are few things you should know about the True North. Canada strives to have workplaces that are tolerant and inclusive and employees … Continue Reading

Microsoft Acquiring LinkedIn: What is the Employee Impact in a Share Transaction?

Microsoft Corp. and LinkedIn recently announced that Microsoft will soon acquire LinkedIn in a transaction valued at $26.2 billion – click here for the company’s announcement. Under the deal, Microsoft will purchase LinkedIn’s shares at $196 each. If a share sale like this happened in Ontario, the identity of LinkedIn would not change – Microsoft … Continue Reading

Tweeting Your Way to Termination

A blog post just in time for some downtime over the holiday – when can personal tweets become grounds for termination?  Some of you may remember when in August of 2013 Canadian news outlets were a-buzz with the termination of two Toronto Firefighters for sexist comments made on Twitter. For a media report on the details of the … Continue Reading

Does technology replace or enhance dispute resolution?

Will technology replace or merely enhance our abilities to achieve settlements?  Last week I spoke at an Osgoode Professional Development session on Settlement in the Digital Era: Essentials for Non-Techies.  My co-panelist was Colm Brannigan, a mediator very familiar with Online Dispute Resolution (ODR).  Colm and I have had some good discussions beforehand about how … Continue Reading

Privacy Commissioner’s BYOD Guidelines

I’ve written several posts about BYOD in the past, and continue to believe that for many workplaces, BYOD will be difficult if not impossible to resist. However, it won’t be news to anyone that BYOD raises a full array of privacy and security issues related to the potential blurring and blending of employee personal information … Continue Reading

Making Cyberbullying a Criminal Offence in Canada

On Wednesday, the Canadian federal government introduced Bill C-13, a ‘new’ cyberbullying bill to address the increasingly harmful effects of intimate images going viral online.  The cyberbullying proposals are part of a wider omnibus bill that amends a few acts, including the Criminal Code and Evidence Act.  Many of the cyberbulling provisions are in fact … Continue Reading

Implementing a Successful BYOD Program

Last week, I conducted a workshop on implementing a successful “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) program at the Canadian Institute’s Privacy Law & Compliance Conference.  I met a wonderful group of privacy experts who had plenty to contribute to the discussion.  We talked about the benefits, risks and costs of permitting employees to use their … Continue Reading

Who Owns Work-Related Social Media?

Who owns the social media content created and maintained in the course of employment? Work product is traditionally the proprietary interest of the employer. But there’s something different about social media content.  A blog created by a company employee during company time on a company computer with a focus on the company’s products may be straightforward – … Continue Reading

BYOD Part 3: Costs & Risks of BYOD

As I set out in my previous blog posts, the demand for bringing your own device to work continues, and is largely driven by the many benefits of embracing BYOD. In this post, I set out some of the costs and risks of BYOD.  INCREASED TECHNOLOGY COSTS: For every benefit to embracing BYOD, there is the other … Continue Reading

BYOD Part 2: Benefits of BYOD

As I set out in my last blog post, "Who is Demanding BYOD?", the demand for bringing your own device to work may come from all corners and levels of the company. In this post, I set out the benefits of BYOD.  Benefits: 1.      EMPLOYEE REQUESTS: The most obvious benefit to embracing BYOD is employee engagement and … Continue Reading

BYOD Part 1: Who is Demanding BYOD?

As employees increasingly demand to use their preferred electronic device in the workplace, employers are working through whether the "Bring Your Own Device" (BYOD) concept is a good idea, or an employee perk to ban for security and cost reasons. In my next few blog posts, I plan to explore the issue and take a look … Continue Reading

Social Media and the EMS Employee

  Paramedics and other emergency workers face unique communication issues when on duty.  Speed, constant availability and focus are paramount.  So how does one check their smart phone email, update their Facebook status or tweet out an update?  Turns out they don’t.  At least not in some of the organizations that are starting to ban … Continue Reading

NASA’s Social Media in the Workplace

For any fellow space geeks out there, the last few week have been a very exciting NASA adventure, with Curiosity landing on Mars and transmitting amazing photos back to earth.  Videos and photos of the NASA employees erupting with joy after the 7 minutes of silence during the landing were very moving.  I love such great … Continue Reading

Social Media in Your Business

Over the last few months, I have been working with a colleague from our IP practice group (Stephanie Vaccari) and from our Competition & Technology practice group (Arlan Gates) to develop a cross-disciplinary social media team at my office.  Together, we have been able to tackle social media issues from all angles, and to walk … Continue Reading

Terms of Service and Employee Social Media Passwords

Over the last couple of months, there has been an interesting debate in Canada and the US about whether an employer can ask for a social media password. For some of the highlights of the conversation in Ontario, see: Toronto Star article on March 20, 2012;  Dan Michaluk at All About Information; Andrew Langille’s blog Youth and Work; and David … Continue Reading

The Natural Connection Between Social Media Legal Issues & Employment Law

Businesses do not experience the impact of social media in fragmented departmental silos. Rather, social media is an inherently cross-department, internal and external experience for most organizations. Employees, clients, third party providers, experts, consumers, journalists and competitors all participate in social media about your organization, whether or not invited to do so. And regardless of whether you are … Continue Reading
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