- University of Connecticut School of Law, J.D., cum laude
- University of Connecticut School of Business, M.B.A., Beta Gamma Sigma
- Columbia University, B.A.
- New York
RENÉE M. JACKSON
Renée Jackson is a member of the Labor and Employment practice group at Nixon Peabody LLP, where she provides employers with comprehensive workplace solutions through preventative counseling, training, and litigation. Renée has gained particular renown for her cutting-edge technology and social media practice—where she provides companies with counsel regarding the intersection between social media, technology, and the workplace.
Dedicated to providing responsive legal advice, Renée works with companies throughout the U.S. and internationally to deliver tailored solutions to complex employment issues. Renée’s clients call on her to advise on matters involving restrictive covenants, wage and hour concerns, workplace policies, discrimination and harassment, workplace safety, reductions in force, employee discipline, and all aspects of hiring. Renée frequently provides companies with on-site training and customized preventative counseling to avoid costly employment disputes, and she also has experience with traditional labor relations and employee benefits matters.
When disputes do arise, Renée defends employers in both state and federal courts, and at agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and state anti-discrimination agencies. She has been involved in many litigation matters—including allegations of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wage and hour violations, and breach of contract—partnering with employers to develop defense strategies that lead to favorable and swift resolution.
Social media and technology have transformed the way that companies do business, and Renée has been at the forefront of monitoring how these trends in business impact both employers and employees. A widely published author, commentator, and speaker on the subject, Renée provides employers with advice on staying ahead of social media and privacy issues relating to the workplace—providing insight to clients on how to comply with existing and emerging statutory, regulatory, and case law in this rapidly developing area of law. She works with clients to craft and implement social media policies, develops pertinent language for employee handbooks and various employment-related contracts, implements technology-focused solutions and responses during the discovery process of litigation, and counsels clients on whether and how to discipline employees who misuse social media in a way that impacts an employer’s brand or workforce.
- Panelist, “Social Networking and the Hiring Process,” Fordham Law School Center on Law and Information Policy, Law & Information Society Symposium: Privacy and Employment in the Digital Society, March 19, 2013. Click here to see a video recording of the panel presentation on C-SPAN.
- Speaker, “pii in the Enterprise,” pii2012 Seattle Conference, May 15, 2012
- Speaker, “Legal Risks of Social Media Use in the Workplace,” Volunteer Legal Services Program Community Organization Representation Project (CORP), May 22, 2012
- Speaker, “Social Media Policies: Post-Hire Considerations,” Sterling Infosystems, Inc., Webinar, December 8, 2011
- Speaker, “Social Media Policies: Pre-Employment Considerations,” Sterling Infosystems, Inc. Webinar, October 25, 2011
- Speaker, “Social Media in the Workplace,” Sterling Infosystems, Inc. Webinar, September 20, 2011
- Speaker, “Employment Law & HR: Top Concerns, Social Media; Striking the Right Balance in Developing and Enforcing Policies,” The Conference Board, June 28, 2011
- Speaker, “Social Media and Hiring: Legal Considerations for Every Employer,” 13th Annual Talent Management Summit, September 29, 2010
- Speaker, “Social Media and the Workplace: What Every Healthcare Employer Should Know,” Annual Association of Otolaryngology Administrators Conference, September 24, 2010
- Speaker, “Social Media and Hiring: Legal Considerations for Every Employer HR Podcast,” Human Resources IQ: August 12, 2010
- Speaker, “Social Media Permeate the Employment Life Cycle” Webinar, Institue of Management and Administration (IOMA), July 27, 2010
- No Firing After Facebook Post, NLRB Tells Tour Bus Company
Reuters | May 8, 2013
San Francisco Labor & Employment associate Renée Jackson discusses the National Labor Relations Board’s focus on social media as illustrated by a recent ruling that a tour bus guide was unlawfully fired from his job after complaining about working conditions in a Facebook post.
- Social Media and Employment
C-SPAN | May 6, 2013
San Francisco Labor & Employment associate Renée Jackson is among the featured panelists who spoke about the privacy, social, and policy implications that arise when employers use social media to gather personal data of potential employees during the hiring process.
- Company Social Media Accounts—Who Owns Those Twitter Followers?
Forbes | February 18, 2013
San Francisco Labor & Employment associate Renée Jackson discusses employee versus employer “ownership” of company social media accounts in this Q&A.