California Labor Laws About Regulating Employee Internet Activity

The popularity of the internet and social media has made it the top choice of communication platform in this modern age. In fact, almost all people you meet these days have their own Facebook or Twitter account, which represent two of the most popular social networking sites on the internet. This has also been the center of controversy in the workplace with quite a few employees from various parts of the law having been fired due to their posts on Facebook. It is therefore important to consider what the California labor laws had to say about regulation of internet activity, especially when posts made have something to do with their employer or work.

This particular aspect of the California labor law entails the privacy rights of the employees, along with freedom of speech. The Article 1, Section 1 of the California law regarding employment states that all citizens, not just employees, are free and independent by nature to express their thoughts in whatever medium would suit them. In connection with this, they also have a right to privacy that they can protect at all times.

This particular right carries over to the workplace and employer liability can therefore be prevented if you took the time to learn about the law’s coverage when it comes to upholding these rights. The status of the employee does not even matter when concerning this aspect of the law because all employees have the right to privacy.

This is one of the most argued element of the California labor law over the years, whether between private or public companies. Company owners think that it is part of the employer rights to dismiss someone from their job based on their conduct. However, the California Constitution would say that employers have no right to regulate or limit activity by the employees, especially when it is done during off-working hours, provided of course that the activity is legal and is not directly meant to disparage the company concerned.

Businesses that are looking to pursue and protect their own employers rights think it is worthwhile to pursue discussion on this matter. This is indeed a very complex area of the law to consider knowing that nearly all types of social media or internet activities done by the employee takes place outside of the work environment, such as their home, internet cafes, library, or anywhere they have access to internet. This becomes even more complicated as most companies rely on internet technologies to operate their business, which therefore provides their employees more access to the internet.

Any activities performed by the employee via the internet or their social media accounts do not hold them accountable for dismissal or termination from the job. The only known grounds for dismissal, based on the Labor Code in the state of California, is any online activity upheld by the employee that includes but not limited to the following: disclosure of confidential company information, violation of another co-worker’s privacy, or any illegal activity, especially when it is damaging to the company where the person is employed under. This is when the employers rights will be put in effect and where the regulatory rights of the company will last.

Debates are still ongoing as to the extent of protection for employers with internet and social media activity by employees. But as for now, the California labor laws remain firm in observing individual rights to free speech, especially when it is performed outside of the working hours and the employee is not utilizing company resources.

Online Bingo Laws

If you can go back to the movie Casablanca, there is an interesting scene that you must think of. The character called Louis who is the police chief shuts down his cafe. He claims that the reason for it is the fact that gambling goes on in the cafe and he got that very money from the cashier. A similarly weird logic is the root for Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act that was brought to life in 2006.

This hyprocratic bill was made by the Post Security Act and was handled by Republican Bill Frist. The bill was wisely passed in an unearthly hour in the night and thus did not capture much attention for discussion and debate over it. Interestingly congress remained clueless about the amendment that was made. The bill had a pretext of providing effective service by ensuring and porting safety.

The reasons why senator Frist brought about these changes were the finance law violation and the involvement of minors in online gambling. Of these, one point can make some sense out of the former but then the latter part of the reason is rather irrelevant and pointless. There is anyway, a lot of negative information being made available on various sites which could include bomb making procedures, hate groups and so on.

One of the most surprising arguments that have ever been made in this connection is the possible support online gambling gives to terrorism. Definitely terrorism would be a rather serious business and no updates so far indicate any kind of connections. It is just a pretext for the administration to justify its agenda.

It is unfair on the part of Mr. Frist to intrude into the personal lives of people with laws like this. His statement which said mortar and brick casinos didn’t really harm much but online bingo did made it extremely paradoxical to understand. Software of online gaming which blocked the minors playing bingo seemed to steal away all his explanations.

The basic psychology of the American public is to resent government intrusion in day-to- day life. But somehow it is not understood by the government officials. People here want to have an absolute control over their decisions pertaining to their own money. Since a long time from now, charitable organizations and churches have used bingo to raise funds. But then back in those days not everyone could play the game because of the geographical locations and the distance they would have to cover to travel and come. In this regard online bingo has been of great utility as they have helped cut across the boundaries and involve everybody.

Interestingly there are also legislators who understand and empathise with public life. Barney Frank (D-Mass) put forth a new bill which would eliminate negative aspects of the Uniform Internet Gambling Enforcement Act. He suggested that one can actually consider taxing the revenues earned from online gaming rather than forcing people to stop spending on it.

A lawsuit has been filed by Interactive Media Entertainment & Gaming Association which claims that the freedom of association and speech are being put to danger by laws like the one abandoning online bingo.

Reducing Labour Costs in Cafes and Restaurants

Undercover boss; a television show airing at the moment is becoming the talking point in my cafes in the mornings. “Did you watch it last night? The executive had no idea what the staff were doing on the floor” It’s not too dissimilar in many small businesses. I’ve found even when the boss is working in the same space as other staff, he or she might have no idea what is actually going on around them.

One of the most valuable lessons I have learnt while building my business is to know what everyone is doing at all times. As a manager or owner you simply cannot leave to chance the behavior of your staff. I don’t expect owners and managers to be the best at every task, quite to the contrary, I expect the staff to be better than the manager (not always the case.) But I do expect management to know every duty and task inside out. Below are a few questions I believe every business owner should be asking themselves:

Do you know what they’re doing?

You’ve just employed a cook to do breakfasts in your cafe, because you weren’t sure if anyone other than a qualified cook could do this. If you spend a week working with this cook you may just find that anyone with the right direction can learn this job and perhaps perform it better. A junior or family member in this position may save you a significant amount of money, but the only way to establish this is by learning the position yourself.

Another common mistake made by people that don’t know the positions they employ for, is assuming that whoever you’ve employed has your businesses best interests at heart, and is working efficiently and producing high quality service or product. FACT: Nobody cares for your business like you do. You need to know if a task is taking twice as long as it should to complete, you need to know if quality produce is being used in the preparation of your products. You need to know if a task is taking twice as long as it should to complete, you need to know if quality produce is being used in the preparation of your products. You need to know how much you’re paying for supplies and if too much is being ordered or worse still, thrown away. You need to put yourself in a position where staff cannot tell you what it takes to complete a task without you having a modest clue.

Do you know why they do it?

Why are your staff running items up on the till in a certain manner? Is it because there’s no other way to report the required sale? Why are your staff wasting time peeling potatoes when peeled potatoes can be purchased for only marginally more than unwashed whole potatoes. Why is an annual report being created when nobody is reading it? While performing these duties as the owner or manager, you will be in a position where you can ask questions your staff couldn’t care less about.

Do you know how long it should take to do it?

When things get quiet and the roster needs to be reduced, you need to know how long it takes your staff to perform duties, so as to demand greater efficiency from your staff without being unreasonable. I’ve noticed people by nature don’t maintain efficiencies, so even if your staff periodically halve the time it takes them to complete a task, without fail in 3 months time without continued monitoring the task will take double the time again to complete. Remember it is a rare and valuable employee who without being shown; works smarter as opposed to harder. You need to be able to show the way when you find opposition regarding how long a task should take.

How many staff does it take to screw in a light bulb?

If you’ve never screwed in a light bulb you might be forgiven for thinking that one needs to unwrap the bulb and hold the box the another needs to hold the ladder, one needs to unscrew the bulb and dispose of it, and the highest paid staff member will be responsible for screwing in the light bulb. Oh and of course each staff member by law must work a minimum shift of 3 hours. So imagine the cost of replacing a globe when you’ve never undertaken in this task yourself. Don’t allow the wool to be pulled over your eyes. Especially when you’re new to the industry. For those of you more experienced in the industry begin to learn what your accountant is preparing for you and question what your other contractors are doing.

Do you know if they do it?

Without walking in their shoes you cannot know if certain tasks are actually being completed. Are they following procedures as required. Are they undertaking in those weekly monthly or annual tasks. What shortcuts are being taken that aren’t noticeable but detrimental to your business?

Live and Let Live With The Law of Attraction

“I have learned silence from the talkative; tolerance from the intolerant and kindness from the unkind. I should not be ungrateful to those teachers.” Kahlil Gibran

Accord­ing to the Law of Attraction, we magnetize and attract to our­selves whatever we focus on. Like attracts like, birds of a feather flock together, etc. When you apply this basic principle of the Law of Attraction to relationships, it becomes clear that the wisest course you can follow is to live and let live. How glorious it is to live your life as you see fit and let others do the same. This simple idea goes a long way toward eliminating relationship problems. (Who knows, it may even be the answer to world peace!)

You are never free if your happiness, your vibrational status, depends on someone else’s behavior. As you become certain that your happiness depends on you and you alone, you become extremely attractive to others. Your vibration issues an invitation – “You can come and play with me. I don’t need you to behave in a certain way for me.” When you quit holding others responsible for the way you feel, your relationships will improve dramatically.

We are often the most critical of those closest to us because we expect our significant others to make us feel a certain way. Are you ready to let go of these impossible expectations? Are you ready to relieve your loved ones of that pressure? Remind yourself that the way you feel is your responsibility. When you are in control of how you feel, you don’t need others to change in order for you to feel better. Decide to look for what you DO like about your family and friends rather than giving in to the habit of noticing things you DON’T like. Look for what’s right rather than what’s wrong.

Birds of a feather, right? You attract relationships with people who match your vibration. You are always calling to and attracting birds of the same vibrational feather. Look at the birds in your flock. Do they uplift you? Are they closer to empowered or powerless? Do they prefer to praise or complain? You can learn a lot about the state of your own vibration by looking at the people in your life.

If you are less than impressed with some of your acquaintances, the answer is not to chase them away or try to reform them. Accept that the people in your environment are a mirror of your own life. Then have fun watching your relationships change as you raise your vibration. As you raise your vibration, either the other birds will be influenced by you and raise their vibration as well or they will fly away. As you change, your relationships will change. As you take responsibility for your own vibration, you allow others to take responsibility for their vibration. What a great philosophy – Live and let live!