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Global SIG: Global Social Media: Crafting Social Media Policies in Global/Multinational Companies
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When: Thursday, November 15, 2018
8:30 - 10:30 am
Where: Jackson Lewis
666 Third Avenue
29th Floor
New York, New York 
United States
Contact: NYC SHRM Events

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New York City SHRM's Global Special Interest Group presents:


Global Social Media: Crafting Social Media Policies in Global/Multinational Companies



·         Date: Thursday, November 15, 2018

·         Time: 8:30 – 10:30 A.M. (Networking, with light breakfast items until the presentation starts promptly at 8:45 a.m.)

·         Location: Jackson Lewis P.C., 666 Third Avenue (at 42nd Street), 29th Floor, and N.Y.

·         Photo identification is required to enter the facility.


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Future Members: $20


Social media have changed the workplace not only in the U.S. but also throughout the world as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Integral, and individual blogs create opportunities for businesses and organizations but also challenges in responding to the activities of employees.  Much has been written on social media policies in the US, and the related legal framework of protection of “concerted legal activity” under the National Labor Relations Act, but what about our operations outside the US with higher levels of employee protection, elevated privacy concerns, and the need to inform and consult employee representative bodies?   Can we have a global social media policy, which applies, to all of our employees, or do we need to proceed country by country? What are the key areas we need to cover in policies outside the US? What are some of the major pitfalls? And how do we launch our social media policies outside the US most effectively?

This session, through consideration of specific examples, will address how a social media policy can both contribute to a positive work culture and at the same time provide the basis for enforcement of critical organizational compliance mandates such as preventing discrimination/harassment, protecting confidential information, respecting privacy of employees and customers, and avoiding infringement of intellectual property rights.    



John L. Sander

Principal, New York

P 212-545-4050

F 212-972-3213


John L. Sander is a Principal in the New York City, New York, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He is also co-leader of the International Employment Issues Practice Group, and Chairman of L&E Global, the international alliance of employers’ counsel. His practice focuses on cross-border labor and employment matters for our multinational clients. He is also Adjunct Professor of Law in Global Labor and Employment Law at Cornell Law School.

Before joining the firm, Mr. Sander served in senior in-house roles for more than 16 years at Merck & Co., Inc. and its predecessor, Schering-Plough Corporation. At Merck, he was Vice President and Associate General Counsel, leading the team responsible for labor and employment law matters outside the U.S. Before the merger of Merck and Schering-Plough, he was Vice President and Associate General Counsel at Schering-Plough, where he managed the employment law group, responsible for labor, employment, and immigration counseling and litigation within the U.S. and globally. At Schering-Plough, he also at various times served as head of commercial litigation (responsible for product liability, Lanham Act, a wide variety of general commercial litigation and international arbitrations) and as general counsel to the consumer healthcare and generic divisions of the Company, as well as managed the compliance and corporate security functions within the law department. Before joining the Schering-Plough law department, he was a litigator at Cahill, Gordon & Reindel and Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker.

Mr. Sander has substantial experience in international dispute resolution processes and their reform. He has served as Vice Chairman of the International Chamber of Commerce Commission on Arbitration, and was a member of the Drafting Sub-Committee responsible for the 2011 revision of the ICC Rules of Arbitration. He has also served as a member of the ICC Working Group on the Role of In-house Counsel in International Dispute Resolution. He is currently a member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and the USCIB Arbitration Committee.

He is President of Pro Bono Partnership, a nationallyrecognized non-profit which provides business legal services and educational resources to community-based and public interest organizations in New Jersey, Connecticut, and Westchester County, New York, by leveraging pro bono services of volunteer attorneys from corporations and law firms throughout the region.

Mr. Sander is a frequent speaker and panelist at seminars sponsored by the Practicing Law Institute, Association of Corporate Counsel, International Bar Association, Association of the Federal Bar of the State of New Jersey, American Conference Institute, New Jersey Corporate Counsel Association and others on a variety of topics including international arbitration, employment law, product liability, consumer fraud claims, class actions, protection of trade secrets, e-discovery, and conduct of internal investigations. He is an author of and contributor to numerous articles and publications on cross-border employment law.

While attending law school, he served as Article Editor of the Cornell Law Review. After law school, he clerked for the Hon. Joseph L. Tauro of the U.S. District Court for Massachusetts.

Professional Associations and Activities

· American Corporate Counsel Association

· International Chamber of Commerce

· New Jersey Corporate Counsel Association, Past Board of Directors Member

· New York City Bar Association



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