In this issue

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review

Social media and small business legal guide

By Steve Alexander

JewishWorldReview.com | (MCT) Anyone who uses social media has heard stories of the pitfalls — you could be stalked, potential employers could snoop into your past, oversharing could lead to identity theft. But the state of Minnesota believes there's still one group that needs to be warned: small businesses.

In "A Legal Guide to the Use of Social Media in the Workplace," published by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, Minneapolis attorney Michael Cohen argues that a company's reputation, trade secrets and legal liability hinge on understanding the rapidly changing rules of using social media.

A free copy of the guide can be read on the website of Cohen's law firm at tinyurl.com/kk58alk. Or it can be ordered in print or on CD at the department's website, tinyurl.com/y9tuj6d. Cohen explains why you should read it:

Question: Why write a legal booklet about social media now?

Answer: Every day I read about another legal case that deals with social media and privacy issues. The problem is that there is no one law that applies to social media. It's a combination of federal and state laws, plus the "terms of use" that are posted on websites and social media platforms. So I think people are looking for guidance.

Q: What advice do you have for companies that want to use social media to screen job applicants?

A: You have to be careful how you use it. You can't ask a job applicant about his or her family situation, place of residence, religion or sexual orientation. So if you come across that information on social media and rely on it for hiring, it's problematic. Don't have your human resources person do the social media review; have someone else do the review and only pull out the information that is acceptable.

Q: Do employees have the right to talk about their employer using social media?

A: The National Labor Relations Board has said that company social media policies go too far when they say employees cannot post materials online that disparage the business. Employees have the right to discuss workplace conditions, and you can't fire people for doing that online.

Q: But what if employees use company-branded social media, such as Twitter posts, to say things that are unacceptable?

A: Companies need to understand what their employees are doing with social media for the business. A lot of companies use social media for marketing, and if that's the case the company needs to have a policy about how it's going to be used. If employees are using company social media to say disparaging things, the company may be liable for it under the principle of "vicarious liability." If, on the other hand, employees use social media outside of work, that might not be a concern.

Q: Are there any precautions a company should take when it comes to social media?

A: There is one very inexpensive step that businesses can take if they have a dynamic and interactive website. Under the federal Digital Millennium Copyright Act, a business can put a "notice and takedown provision" on its website.

Legally, this says that the company is a passive conduit of information flowing through the website, and is not in the business of monitoring all the content that comes through the site. It says that if anyone viewing the website sees content that infringes on copyrights or trademarks, or is defamatory, they can submit a notice to the company, which will then either respond or remove the material from the website. But the company must designate who at the business will receive the complaints and notify the U.S. Copyright Office, which lists these "designated agents" on its website.

Q: If an employee uses a personal account on Twitter, LinkedIn or Facebook to promote the company, who owns that account if the employee leaves?

A: Companies should make sure that social media accounts are in the name of the business, so it will be clear who owns that account. If you let one of your employees establish an individual Twitter account and acquire followers, then those followers belong to the employee if he or she leaves your company.

Q: What if a company collects personal information from customers through social media, then wants to sell that information to others?

A: Any company may share customer information with third parties that want to market to those customers. But the company needs to be up front with its customers and disclose in advance how it will use their information. If a company doesn't include that information in its social media "terms of use," then sharing information would be considered a deceptive trade practice.

Q: How vigilant should companies be about protecting their copyrights and trademarks from misuse in social media?

A: Policing the use of your trademarks online is important, because if you allow trademark infringement to take place you can lose your trademark. But companies need to use common sense. For example, do you want to go after the single mom that has a toddler dancing to a copyrighted Prince song on YouTube? There needs to be a commercial reason to pursue claims.

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