April 2, 2015
IMAGINE YOU and a fellow worker were fired because you "liked" a Facebook post by a former co-worker. The post criticized the employer for allegedly making mistakes on their W-2s resulting in the worker owing additional state income tax. That's just one of several cases that may come up for discussion at a Philadelphia Society for Human Resource Management seminar here today and tomorrow. The case, which went before the National Labor Relations Board and was decided on Aug. 22, involved a waitress and a cook at Triple Play Sports Bar and Grille in Waterbury, Conn.
November 4, 2014 |
Geraldine Saunders Jones, 73, of Wyncote, a social worker and pastor's wife who did not let a physical handicap stop her from carrying out her life's work, died Monday, Oct. 27, at Dresher Hill Health and Rehabilitation Center. A Philadelphia native, Mrs. Jones married her college sweetheart, the Rev. G. Daniel Jones, on Nov. 27, 1965, in Tioga Presbyterian Church. The two built a life around his pastoral assignments and her social work. Three years later, as she was driving on Route 128 around Boston, an 18-wheel tractor-trailer collided with her car. The accident left Mrs. Jones a paraplegic using a wheelchair, but her spirit was undaunted.
October 3, 2014 |
Abington Health requires its employees to complete computer-based training on patient-privacy regulations and responsible use of social media when they are hired. Then, there are annual reviews. These apparently were not enough to protect it from humiliation when outsiders checked out the Twitter account of an emergency-room tech after she was arrested in an attack on a gay couple in Center City. In 140-character increments, Kathryn Knott showed herself as a hard-drinking, homophobic mean girl.
March 17, 2013 |
When on March 26 the Supreme Court hears oral arguments about whether California's ban on same-sex marriages violates the constitutional right to "equal protection of the laws," these arguments will invoke the intersection of law and social science. The court should tread cautiously, if at all, on this dark and bloody ground. The Obama administration says California's law expresses "prejudice" that is "impermissible. " But same-sex marriage is a matter about which intelligent people reasonably disagree, partly because so little is known about its consequences.
March 14, 2013 |
The Gloucester County Board of Freeholders is scheduled to vote Wednesday on revising its social media policy for county employees in an effort to comply with a recent federal labor ruling. The policy, passed in a 5-2 vote last March, holds that employees must be "respectful" to the county and coworkers on sites such as Facebook and that "the use of social media to harass, threaten, libel, malign, or discriminate against" anyone associated with the county "will not be tolerated. " Violations can result in termination of employment.
February 27, 2013 |
Anthony F. Bruno, 69, of Glenside, a professor of social sciences at Community College of Philadelphia and a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania, died Tuesday, Feb. 19, of cancer at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Though his area of expertise was social work, Mr. Bruno "really was an educator. That's how he promoted himself and that's how he lived his life," said his wife, Joanne. "He was not a clinician. " Mr. Bruno, a professor at CCP since the 1970s, "specialized in teaching criminal justice courses from a social-work perspective," his wife said.
January 12, 2013 |
Two employees of Gloucester County have filed a federal lawsuit against the county for adopting a social-media policy they say has a chilling effect on their First Amendment right to free speech. The suit, announced Thursday by the workers' union, says the scope of the county's policy, which includes Facebook, Twitter, and text messaging, is too broad. It was filed Monday by the firm of Weissman & Mintz in U.S. District Court on behalf of Vincent Gattuso, a traffic-signal electrician, and Michael Blaszczyk, a truck driver.
November 16, 2012
Problems of the GOP As I read Robert W. Patterson's commentary, I found myself in agreement that the GOP has lost majority support of the middle class through its blind focus on "free-market and limited-government abstractions" ("Dissecting a loss: GOP ticket doomed to failure by its abandonment of middle-class America," Sunday). His argument takes a faulty turn on social policy and its implications, as he cites Democratic policies that supposedly destabilize the family. He implies that these policies, which "progressively" seek to include marginalized segments of the middle class and empower women to make choices in how they live their lives, are somehow responsible for the shrinking of the middle class.
August 3, 2012 |
The firefighters union's got their pants all in a tweet after the Nutter administration issued rules for firefighters' use of Twitter, Facebook and other social media websites this week. Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers issued a three-page memo Wednesday detailing social media guidelines that prohibit employees from using city property for social media while on duty, prohibit any comments or images about patients, racial slurs, any other defamatory comments and anything that may affect the efficiency or effective operation of the department.
April 8, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - The threat of a government shutdown at 12:01 a.m. Saturday ticked closer Thursday night as White House and congressional budget negotiators again failed to reach a deal. But as the deadline neared, there were glimmers of hope that an agreement could be reached early Friday to fund the government through Sept. 30, the end of the current fiscal year. "We made some additional progress this evening," President Obama said after his second negotiating session of the day with House Speaker John A. Boehner (R., Ohio)