Robert Sprague

University of Wyoming - College of Business

Professor of Legal Studies in Business

1000 E. University Avenue

Dept. 3275

Laramie, WY 82071

United States

http://www.uwyo.edu/mgtmkt/faculty-staff/faculty-pages/sprague.html

SCHOLARLY PAPERS

29

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Scholarly Papers (29)

1.

Invasion of the Social Networks: Blurring the Line between Personal Life and the Employment Relationship

University of Louisville Law Review, Vol. 50, 2011
Number of pages: 42 Posted: 02 Mar 2011 Last Revised: 12 Apr 2011
Robert Sprague
University of Wyoming - College of Business
Downloads 694 (42,309)

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information privacy, workplace privacy, social media in the workplace

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Worker (Mis)Classification in the Sharing Economy: Trying to Fit Square Pegs in Round Holes

31 A.B.A. Journal of Labor & Employment Law 53 (2015)
Number of pages: 23 Posted: 16 May 2015 Last Revised: 27 Jun 2016
Robert Sprague
University of Wyoming - College of Business
Downloads 614 (49,827)
Citation 10

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employee, independent contractor, misclassification, sharing economy, Uber, TaskRabbit

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Beyond Shareholder Value: Normative Standards for Sustainable Corporate Governance

William & Mary Business Law Review, Vol. 1, pp. 47-82, 2010
Number of pages: 36 Posted: 29 May 2009 Last Revised: 08 Apr 2010
Robert Sprague
University of Wyoming - College of Business
Downloads 444 (74,690)

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corporate governance, corporations, social corporate responsibility, sustainability, triple bottom line

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Regulating Online Buzz Marketing: Untangling a Web of Deceit

American Business Law Journal, Vol. 47, No. 3, 2010
Number of pages: 32 Posted: 29 May 2009 Last Revised: 20 Jun 2011
Robert Sprague and Mary Ellen Wells
University of Wyoming - College of Business and Alvernia University
Downloads 407 (82,783)

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commercial speech, online marketing, Communications Decency Act immunity, deceptive trade practices

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Welcome to the Machine: Privacy and Workplace Implications of Predictive Analytics

Robert Sprague, Welcome to the Machine: Privacy and Workplace Implications of Predictive Analytics, 21 RICH. J.L. & TECH. 13(2015)
Number of pages: 46 Posted: 18 Jun 2014 Last Revised: 27 Apr 2015
Robert Sprague
University of Wyoming - College of Business
Downloads 329 (105,571)
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privacy, big data, data mining, predictive analytics, workplace privacy, employment law, mosaic theory

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Facebook Meets the NLRB: Employee Online Communications and Unfair Labor Practices

University of Pennsylvania Journal of Business Law, Vol. 14:4, 957-1011 (2012)
Number of pages: 55 Posted: 10 Jan 2012 Last Revised: 20 Aug 2014
Robert Sprague
University of Wyoming - College of Business
Downloads 315 (110,718)
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concerted activity, social media, surveillance, NLRB, NLRA

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Shareholder Primacy and the Business Judgment Rule: Arguments for Expanded Corporate Democracy

Number of pages: 25 Posted: 23 Jul 2010
Robert Sprague and Aaron J. Lyttle
University of Wyoming - College of Business and University of Wyoming - College of Law
Downloads 300 (116,726)
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Business Judgment Rule, Shareholder Primacy, Shareholder Democracy

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Preserving Identities: Protecting Personal Identifying Information through Enhanced Privacy Policies and Laws

Albany Law Journal of Science and Technology, Vol. 19, No. 1, 2009
Number of pages: 50 Posted: 10 Jun 2009 Last Revised: 16 Jun 2009
Robert Sprague and Corey Ciocchetti
University of Wyoming - College of Business and University of Denver - Daniels College of Business - Department of Business Ethics & Legal Studies
Downloads 228 (154,139)
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online privacy, privacy policies, e-commerce law

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Cloud Privacy: Normative Standards Needed to Foster Innovation

Department of Commerce Internet Policy Task Force, Information Privacy and Innovation in the Internet Economy, Docket No. 100402174-0175-01
Number of pages: 11 Posted: 07 Apr 2010 Last Revised: 19 Oct 2013
Robert Sprague
University of Wyoming - College of Business
Downloads 225 (156,109)
Citation 1

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privacy, cloud computing

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Online Social Media and the End of the Employment-at-Will Doctrine

52 Washburn Law Journal 557 (2013)
Number of pages: 23 Posted: 26 Feb 2013 Last Revised: 12 Aug 2013
Robert Sprague and Abigail Fournier
University of Wyoming - College of Business and University of Wyoming - College of Law
Downloads 216 (162,261)

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employment law, online social media, protected concerted activities, employment-at-will doctrine

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Orwell Was an Optimist: The Evolution of Privacy in the United States and its De-Evolution for American Employees

John Marshall Law Review, Vol. 42, pp. 83-135, 2008
Number of pages: 53 Posted: 14 May 2009 Last Revised: 03 Jun 2009
Robert Sprague
University of Wyoming - College of Business
Downloads 149 (225,127)

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Privacy, workplace privacy

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Applying the Electronic Communications Privacy Act in the Workplace: Struggling to Keep Pace with Paradigm Shifts in Technology

Number of pages: 38 Posted: 19 Dec 2010
Robert Sprague
University of Wyoming - College of Business
Downloads 140 (236,733)

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Privacy, Employee Privacy, ECPA, Electronic Communications Privacy Act, Workplace Monitoring

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Employee Electronic Communications in a Boundaryless World

53 University of Louisville Law Review 433 (2015)
Number of pages: 33 Posted: 18 Oct 2014 Last Revised: 27 Jun 2016
Robert Sprague
University of Wyoming - College of Business
Downloads 127 (255,411)

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labor law, privacy, Stored Communications Act, employee electronic communications, Register-Guard, Purple Communications

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No Surfing Allowed: A Review and Analysis of Legislation Prohibiting Employers from Demanding Access to Employees’ and Job Applicants’ Social Media Accounts

Albany Law Journal of Science and Technology, Vol. 24(3), 481-513 (2014)
Number of pages: 33 Posted: 05 Feb 2014 Last Revised: 16 Jan 2015
Robert Sprague
University of Wyoming - College of Business
Downloads 125 (258,500)
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social media, employee privacy

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Are Airbnb Hosts Employees Misclassified as Independent Contractors?

University of Louisville Law Review, Vol. 59, 2020
Number of pages: 26 Posted: 30 Aug 2020 Last Revised: 19 Oct 2020
Robert Sprague
University of Wyoming - College of Business
Downloads 99 (308,614)

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worker classification, independent contractor, gig workers, ABC Test

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One Hundred Twenty Years of U.S. Privacy Law Scholarship: A Latent Semantic Analysis

Number of pages: 44 Posted: 05 May 2015
Robert Sprague, Kevin Grauberger and Nicole Barberis
University of Wyoming - College of Business, University of Wyoming and Bloomberg L.P.
Downloads 86 (332,944)

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privacy, topic modeling, latent Dirichlet allocation, ontology

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It’s a Jungle Out There: Public Policy Considerations Arising from a Liability-Free Amazon.com

60 Santa Clara Law Review 253 (2020)
Number of pages: 35 Posted: 03 Apr 2020 Last Revised: 21 Aug 2020
Robert Sprague
University of Wyoming - College of Business
Downloads 80 (347,679)

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Strict Products Liability, Third-party Vendors, Innocent Seller Defenses

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Survey of (Mostly Outdated and Often Ineffective) Laws Affecting Work-Related Monitoring

Chicago-Kent Law Review, Vol. 93, No. 1, 2017, 221-253.
Number of pages: 33 Posted: 15 Aug 2017 Last Revised: 13 Jun 2018
Robert Sprague
University of Wyoming - College of Business
Downloads 80 (347,679)

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Privacy, Workplace Monitoring

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Financial Crisis: Impetus for Restoring Corporate Democracy

Midwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business Conference Proceedings, 2010
Number of pages: 15 Posted: 07 Apr 2010
Robert Sprague and Aaron J. Lyttle
University of Wyoming - College of Business and University of Wyoming - College of Law
Downloads 78 (352,874)

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corporate governance, corporate democracy, shareholder primacy

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Redefining 'Employee' to Provide Worker Protections within a Flexible Workforce

Number of pages: 18 Posted: 28 Jun 2016
Robert Sprague
University of Wyoming - College of Business
Downloads 67 (383,833)
Citation 1

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Independent Contractor, Misclassification, Employment Law

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corporate governance, business judgment rule

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The Supreme Court as Prometheus: Breathing Life into the Corporate Supercitizen

American Business Law Journal, Vol. 49, No. 3, 2012
Number of pages: 52 Posted: 18 Dec 2011 Last Revised: 09 Jan 2012
Robert Sprague and Mary Ellen Wells
University of Wyoming - College of Business and Alvernia University
Downloads 60 (405,985)

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Citizens United, free speech, political speech, First Amendment, corporations

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Using the ABC Test to Classify Workers: End of the Platform-Based Business Model or Status Quo Ante?

11 William & Mary Business Law Review 733 (2020)
Number of pages: 35 Posted: 22 Feb 2020 Last Revised: 26 Jun 2020
Robert Sprague
University of Wyoming - College of Business
Downloads 56 (419,680)

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Independent Contractor, Misclassification, ABC Classification Test

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The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act and the Entrepreneur: Protecting Naïve Issuers from Sophisticated Investors

Wyoming Law Review, Vol. 8, No. 1, 2008
Number of pages: 25 Posted: 07 May 2009
Robert Sprague and Karen L. Page
University of Wyoming - College of Business and Independent
Downloads 56 (419,680)

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securities litigation

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Initial Review and Analysis of the Supreme Court's Decision in City of Ontario, California v. Quon

Number of pages: 5 Posted: 19 Jun 2010 Last Revised: 21 Jun 2010
Robert Sprague
University of Wyoming - College of Business
Downloads 32 (520,623)

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privacy, workplace privacy, expectation of privacy

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Updating Legal Norms for a Precarious Workforce

35 ABA Journal of Labor & Employment Law (Forthcoming)
Number of pages: 38 Posted: 23 Feb 2020
Robert Sprague
University of Wyoming - College of Business
Downloads 27 (548,130)

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Precarious, On-demand work, Platform-based work, independent contractor, misclassification

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Electronic Surveillance in the Global Workplace: Laws, Ethics, Research and Practice

New Technology, Work and Employment, Vol. 24, Issue 2, pp. 194-208, July 2009
Number of pages: 15 Posted: 13 Oct 2009
Roland E. Kidwell and Robert Sprague
Niagara University and University of Wyoming - College of Business
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Exploring the Ethicality of Firing Employees Who Blog

Valentine Fleischman Sprague and Godkin, Human Resource Management Jan/Feb 49(1): 87-108, 2015
Posted: 23 Dec 2015
University of North Dakota - College of Business & Public Administration, Texas Tech University, University of Wyoming - College of Business and Independent

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Bound by Laws, or by Values? A Multi‐Level and Cross‐National Approach to Understanding the Protection of Minority Owners in Family Firms

Corporate Governance: An International Review, Vol. 23, Issue 3, pp. 203-215, 2015
Number of pages: 13 Posted: 29 Apr 2015
Charles Stevens, Roland E. Kidwell and Robert Sprague
Lehigh University - Department of Management, Niagara University and University of Wyoming - College of Business
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Corporate Governance, Family Dynamics, National Culture, Agency Theory, Stewardship Theory