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Meritas is the 2014 sponsor for ACC's Small Law Department Committee. Nicolle Schippers, the Past Chair, was awarded 2013 Committee Member of the Year. Meritas was also chosen as the 2013 Committee Sponsor of the Year.

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The Small Law Department Committee develops and explores ways that lawyers in small law departments and generalists in larger departments can best provide legal services to their corporate clients. The committee provides numerous practical resources, including best practices and sample policies.

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Call for 2015 Annual Meeting Programs for Boston

We are currently soliciting CLE/CPD program ideas for the 2015 ACC Annual Meeting in Boston (Oct 18-21, 2015). We would like to hear about topics on which you need more training and/or on topics for which you would like to provide training for other members. All complete entries will be entered in a drawing to receive a $100 Amazon Gift Card sponsored by Meritas. Please submit your program entries by clicking here on or before December 12, 2014.


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Upcoming Meeting

Thursday, December 11, 2014 at 3:00 PM ET, 8:00 PM GMT
Includes an online presentation

Social Media In the Workplace and Why All Employers Should Care

Most employers know they have a social media policy as well as an electronic device policy (or BYOD). Despite implementing such policies, employers face difficult challenges with these policies both from an enforcement perspective as well as intense scrutiny by governmental agencies such as the National Labor Relations Board and the Department of Labor. Because social media is not going away, we will discuss the creating effective social media and BYOD policies (and agreements) and how to enforce those policies without creating litigation or agency charges. Tina A. Syring, Partner, Barnes & Thornberg, LLP


Fire over Facebook? A Primer on Protected Social Media Activity in the Workplace and Best Practice Guide for Managing Employee Social Media Use

Aug 2013 InfoPAK Download pdf
Sponsored by Meritas
As social media use in the workplace continues to increase, it should come as no surprise that employers are increasingly disciplining employees for their social media activity. Because social media ...

Employee Wellness Programs: A Federal and State Analysis of the Legal and Practical Implications

Sep 2012 InfoPAK Download pdf
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This InfoPAK explores corporate employee wellness programs, highlighting the benefits and challenges employers face when developing such programs. It examines both mandatory and voluntary employee ...

Recent Committee-Developed Resources

Limiting Employee Access to Executed Agreements

May 2014 Wisdom of the Crowd
This Wisdom of the Crowd, compiled from questions and responses posted in the Small Law Departments eGroup, addresses whether a company should make executed agreements viewable to a select group ...

Employee Information Sharing

Apr 2014 Wisdom of the Crowd
This Wisdom of the Crowd, compiled from responses posted on the Small Law Departments eGroup, addresses the issues underlying company-wide sharing of employees' personal information.

Top Ten Things You Should Know About ASTM Standards for Environmental Due Diligence

Nov 2013 Top Ten
Sponsored by Meritas
This Top Ten reviews the content of the existing standards, their intersection with the law and the advent of new standards.