- 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
Renee has been recognized as a “Super Lawyer” in the 2013 and 2014 Northern California Super Lawyers magazine. Inclusion in Super Lawyers is based on a peer-review survey.
Renée is a member of the California, Massachusetts, Boston and New York State bar associations.
RENÉE M. JACKSON
Renée Jackson leads the Social Media & Technology in the Workplace team within the Labor and Employment practice group. She advises employers throughout the U.S. 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 defends employers in both state and federal courts and at agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and state anti-discrimination agencies.
What do you focus on?
I currently focus my practice on the many intersections between social media, technology and the workplace. I have been monitoring how technology and social trends impact both employers and employees for several years now and advising employers on how to comply with existing and emerging statutory, regulatory and case law. I am often applying old laws into new spaces in order to help my clients stay ahead of any social media and privacy issues relating to the workplace.
Day to day, I draft social media policies, craft technology-focused language for employment agreements and the discovery process of litigation, counsel clients on whether and how to discipline employees who misuse social media in a way that impacts an employer’s brand or workforce and generally help clients both protect and promote their brand through social media.
What do you see on the horizon?
I see a continued lag in laws relating to the internet, technology and social media generally. States are taking the lead in these areas, in the absence of movement from Congress, so we will eventually move from applying old laws into new spaces to applying a patchwork of state laws into constantly changing spaces. Compliance will not be easy.
- 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, Institute 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.