In This Issue:
- NLRB Protects Workers' Rights to Post About Job on Facebook
- 6 States Ban Companies from Asking for Social Media Passwords
- Health Law Requires Employers to Offer Family Care to All
- Fiscal Cliff Legislation Allows Roth Conversion for 401(k) Holders
- Some Health Insurers Seeking, Getting Double-Digit Rate Increases
- Michigan "Right to Work" Groups Vow to Bring Fight Elsewhere
- CNA, Healthcare Workers' Union Expected to Enhance Labor Battles
- "Guest Worker" Program in Canada Could Serve as Model for U.S.
- 10 States to Increase Minimum Wage in 2013
- Excerpt from NLRB Protects Workers' Rights to Post About Job on Facebook:
Just before Christmas, the National Labor Relations Board sided with employees on a question facing a growing number of workers: When can your Facebook posts get you fired? The NLRB’s 3-1 ruling establishes an important precedent: The New Deal-era law that protects your right to strike or picket also protects your right to tweet or comment.
The case — Hispanics United of Buffalo — started one Saturday morning in 2010. That was when domestic violence advocate Mariana Cole-Rivera took to Facebook to complain that one of her co-workers was unfairly accusing fellow employees of laziness. Several other staffers at Hispanics United of Buffalo chimed in to say they worked plenty hard already. Soon after Cole-Rivera and her co-workers returned to work, HUB fired five of them, arguing that their off-the-clock comments had violated the nonprofit’s anti-harassment policy.
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