Skoler, Abbott & Presser Present Navigating the Electronic Maze for Area Employers

SPRINGFIELD/WORCESTER, MA – Like it or not, employers are now growing their businesses and managing their employees in an electronic, media-driven world. With the ability to tweet or make Facebook posts literally at an employee’s fingertips, there is little doubt that social media and other non-work-related online activities during work hours is a major concern of human resource managers.

To help employers and managers address the issues associated with Internet use, Timothy F. Murphy, Partner, and John S. Gannon, Associate, of Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C., will present a special program, Navigating the Electronic Maze, for CMEA The Employers Association on Wednesday, March 21, 2012.

The March 21 program will be presented at the Worcester Country Club located at 2 Rice Street, Worcester, MA. It will run from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m., with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m. The cost of the program is $55 for CMEA members and $75 for non-members.

Among the topics that will be addressed by Attorneys Murphy and Gannon are what happens when an employee posts a disparaging comment about his or her supervisor on Facebook, whether employers have a right to discipline employees for their posts, how far an employer may go in conducting Internet background checks on current and prospective employees, and more.

For more information, please contact the CMEA at (508) 481-5244. For those interested in attending, please log on to to register.

Tim Murphy’s career includes stints as General Counsel to an area labor union and as an Assistant District Attorney for the Hampden County District Attorney’s Office. His practice includes labor relations and employment litigation, as well as employment counseling. Tim is a frequent contributor to business and human resource publications, and is a contributing author to the Massachusetts Employment Law Letter.

John Gannon, who practices in Skoler, Abbott & Presser’s Springfield office, is a regular contributor to business publications and the Massachusetts Employment Law Letter, and a frequent speaker on employment-related legal topics for a wide variety of associations and organizations.