Top Social Media Liability Risks of 2012

Practical Legal Strategies To Protect You From Hidden Liability When Using Personal Smartphones, Facebook, Blogs, and E-Mail For Professional Or Personal Reasons

A one day live in-person seminar for all public and private sector professionals.

June 21, 2012
Co-Sponsored By FDLE and The Leon County Sheriff's Office

Approved for 5 Hour General Credit toward PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification
by the HR Certification Institute and Florida CLE credits available. 

Email, social media and other forms of electronic communication are vital to conducting business in today's age. But improper usage can expose you to personal and professional liability -- even if you are using a personal Facebook account, smartphone, or email.

Unfortunately, most social media policies -- if they even exist -- contain dangerous gaps that leave employees exposed to costly liability.

During this tip-filled live seminar, nationally recognized media attorney Mark Fiedelholtz teaches you how to protect yourself from dangerous gaps in your organization's social media policy.

Common errors include:

  • Checking your work email via a personal smartphone
  • Sending work-related text messages from a personal phone
  • Using Facebook to promote your government agency or department online
  • “Friending” coworkers, members of the public, and the media
  • Posting updates about work … especially if you are “friends” with coworkers, the media or constituents
  • Sending email via Facebook’s private chat/email function

Mark Fiedelholtz, a top social media attorney and legal trainer, has taught more than 100,000 government employees and business professionals how to protect themselves from liability when using electronic communication tools, including Facebook and other social media. During “Avoid Hidden Liability When Using Facebook,” he’ll show you how to safely use this and other social networking tools ... while avoiding exposure to public record dangers, libel, privacy and sexual harassment claims.

What You'll Learn

  • The hidden public record dangers of Facebook
  • How using Facebook to communicate with co-workers and the public exposes you to liability
  • Whether your organization can be held responsible if libelous statements are posted on your Facebook account
  • The truth about whether you’re exposed to liability when employees play games on Facebook or accept gifts from the third-party applications
  • Whether posts and comments made on your Facebook page are subject to public record requests
  • What you must know about copyright and trademark liability when using Facebook
  • Whether using Facebook implies your endorsement of the site and its third-party applications
  • How to create a social media policy that fully protects your employees and agency
  • The biggest mistakes most organizations make when creating their policies
  • The best way to teach employees what they can and cannot do online – and what courts look for when evaluating your employee training program
  • 7 social media policy gaps that expose your policy in a legal claim
  • 3 biggest mistakes that weaken 99% of social media policies
  • 4 isssues that must be in your first paragraph
  • New laws on personal smartphones you must announce in your policy
  • 5 words you must avoid in your policy
  • 4 sentences that eliminate invasion of privacy claims on employee private social media accounts
  • Expert policy tips on wording strategies to avoid invasion of privacy claims
  • Special legal writing style that creates an "airtight" social media policy in court

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About Your Instructor

Mark Fiedelholtz, Esq., is one of America’s leading electronic and social media communications attorneys and trainers.

In the past 25 years of teaching electronic media law, Mark has trained more than 100,000 government officials and business professionals in his half- and full-day training programs. Known for a dynamic teaching style that cuts through legal jargon, his proven training strategies boost employees’ understanding and retention of the seminar content. (Read more about Mark Fidelholtz here.)

As a media attorney, Mark has a reputation for uncovering the hidden risks that face government employees and business professionals using social media – the liabilities that other trainers and attorneys overlook or simply don’t know about.

Your Investment

Your registration includes:

  • 1-day of live training with social media law trainer Mark Fiedelholtz
  • Participant action guide to capture key ideas and action steps
  • Plenty of time for questions to Attorney Fiedelholtz

Your investment:

  • $149 per person

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  Please note that the Florida Bureau Of Training and Fire Standards has approved 6 CEU Hours
  For Inspector and Instructor Renewal for this seminar. If possible, please bring your FDIC student
  number to class and I will take care of entering the number into the FDIC.