Category Archives: Social Media

LESSONS IN A CONCERTED DISAPPOINTMENT

A few months ago, I wrote about how the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) put on its progressive shoes and opined that an employee who posted criticisms of her supervisor on Facebook had engaged in concerted activity worthy of protection under the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”).  The NLRB filed a complaint against the employer on account of the employer disciplining the employee.

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THE PERILS OF SOCIAL NETWORKING: EMPLOYERS BEWARE

Facebook and other social networking websites can be a great tool to attract customers and prospective employees.  However, the websites can also be a headache for employers.  As use of social networking websites continues to increase, their use will be front and center in many employment law cases.  And not only are employees suffering adverse consequences because of things they post on these sites – as readers of this blog know from this post a few months ago – employers can even get into the act and using these sites improperly themselves.

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THE NLRB GETS PROGRESSIVE

The National Labor Relations Board enforces one of the oldest laws in the United States – the National Labor Relations Act – and regulates a labor-relations world that is deep-rooted in tradition, history and precedent.  As recent developments at the Board level have shown, however, even an old dog can learn a few new tricks.

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THE TEN COMMANDMENTS OF DRAFTING A SOCIAL NETWORKING POLICY

You’ve probably heard this “fact”: if Facebook was a country, it would be the fourth largest country in the world! Web 2.0 has infiltrated every aspect of our lives, including the workplace. As a result, most lawsuits in which employers become mired are fraught with electronic data issues. To guard against a wide range of legal claims, as well as reap the benefits of a global marketplace, many employers are instituting social networking policies. But, as with any policy, a social networking policy must be carefully drafted to meet your business needs. With that, I introduce to you the 10 Commandments of drafting a social networking policy: