Social Networking & Professional Liability. May 13, 2010 Speakers: Gary Basham, Basham Parker Rebecca Pearson, AmWINS Insurance Brokerage of California Michelle Kley, Beazley Moderator: Randall J. Krause. Rebecca S. Pearson, Esq.
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Assistant VP in the Financial Risk Solutions Group of AmWINS Insurance Brokerage, San Francisco.
Focus is E&O, D&O, EPL and other professional and management liability insurance placements. Expertise in cyber liability, technology, privacy, architects and engineers, lawyers professional, real estate professionals and miscellaneous consultants.
Before engaging in insurance brokerage in 2006, Becky practiced law in San Francisco. Practice included insurance coverage litigation representing policyholders in coverage disputes.
Stanford University (B.A. Communications)
University of San Francisco School of Law (J.D. 2000)
Legal counsel to Beazley’s Technology, Media and Business Solutions team
Focus is technology E&O, network security, privacy and media coverage.
Prior to joining Beazley in 2009, she was an associate at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati specializing in mergers and acquisitions.
UC Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) (J.D. 2003)
Sonoma State University (B.A. psychology)
Founding partner, Basham Parker LLP, with exclusive employment law practice.
Focus is defending employers against claims for breach of contract, discrimination, retaliation, harassment, wrongful termination, unfair business practices, violation of wage and hour laws. Expertise in Age Discrimination and Employment Act, ADA, Title VII, Equal Pay Act, FMLA & CFRA, California’s FEHA, California Workplace Violence Safety Act, and workplace privacy laws.
Member of the Labor and Employment Section of the State Bar of California, Sacramento County Bar Association, Sacramento Human Resource Management Association, Central Valley Human Resource Management Association.
Mediator for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California’s Voluntary Dispute Resolution Program.
In addition to his law practice, Mr. Basham also is actively engaged in various community service activities. From December 2003 through May 2009, Mr. Basham was the Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Sacramento Union Gospel Mission, an organization dedicated to helping the homeless. Mr. Basham continues to volunteer his time to the Union Gospel Mission, as well as other organizations which feed the hungry and house the homeless.
University of Michigan Law School, cum laude (J.D. 1987) Michigan State University, with honors (B.A. 1984).
Over the past few months thousands of Facebook users report receiving messages or friend requests from people they don’t know.
Researchers at VeriSign, an internet security company say they’ve tracked a growing trend of bogus or stolen Facebook accounts that are now up for sale in high volume on the black market.
VeriSign says 1.5 million Facebook accounts appear to be for sale.
Criminals apparently steal login data for accounts, typically with phishing techniques that trick users into disclosing their password. They use the accounts to send out spam or malicious programs or steal a person’s identity.
Here’s an example from
my email account!
Gary Basham, Basham Parker
“It may look harmless, but it's a legal land mine for employers.”
The National Law Journal
July 6, 2009
If you are not careful, a picture may be worth a claim of employment discrimination.
Take a look at the following slide and photographs which have been uploaded to, and freely obtained from various FaceBook, MySpace, and blog sites.
What information can you gain from these photos which would otherwise be “off-limits” when making employment decisions?
Imagine you are the manager of a Burger King restaurant and you have just discovered how to use MySpace. You decide to check the profiles of the employees who work the midnight shift. While perusing one employee's profile, you notice a link to a video.
As you click on the link, you are immediately faced with the employee, possibly in his birthday suit, taking a bath in one of the restaurant's utility sinks.
You instantly imagine every horrible situation that may result from this incident: health violations, customers getting sick, bad public relations.
This situation is no fabrication. It actually occurred at a Burger King in Xenia, Ohio.