Outside the arena of unionized shops, the employee still has the 1st Amendment right of freedom of speech; and the employer still has the privilege under the employment-at-will doctrine to fire the employee for any lawful reason. An employer is not required to sit idly by while its reputation is smeared on the internet by a disgruntled employee. Employees can use the social networks against their employer but the employer can also use the social networks against the employee. This article offers practical tips for both employer and employee to make constructive and positive use of the social networks.
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