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Teach Appropriate Speech - Or risk liability for employees' derogatory on-line comments about customers

Recent District of Hawaii decision suggests social media policies are more important than ever, despite NLRB’s dramatic limits on employers’ ability to police employee speech on the Internet - Howard v. Hertz -...more

NLRB Shows Some Restraint in its Protection of Employee Social Media Communications: Employee Termination Arising From “Egregious”...

In the wake of the NLRB’s aggressive crackdown on social media policies, many employers have asked: “Is there any limit to what employees can post on social media about their employers?” It appears that there is. Just last...more

NLRB Finds Facebook Posts Go Too Far for the Act's Protection

As we reported previously, social media issues are troublesome for employers who must navigate unsettled or even conflicting federal and state laws and decisions. A recent ruling from the National Labor Relations Board...more

Social Media Policies Revisited: The Facebook “Like” As Protected Activity

The National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) continues to expand its reach beyond its traditional role involving unionized workforces. In particular, the NLRB has continued an aggressive campaign begun in 2011 to crackdown on...more

Board Continues Aggressive Policing of Employee Social Media Use

Stop me if you heard this one: the National Labor Relations Board recently reinstated employees who were discharged for comments made on their Facebook pages and found that the employer's social media policy was unlawful....more

Do Employees Have the Right to Access Social Media in the Workplace? Can Employers Block Social Media Websites?

A Pew Foundation study earlier this year found that 87% of all adults in the United States access the Internet or email, either through computers or mobile devices. The same study found that of those adults, as many as 74%...more

Firing Employees for Critical Facebook Comments May Be Unlawful

Employers can sometimes lawfully fire employees for posting critical comments about their jobs on social media, even if employees post the comments on their own time and on their own equipment. However, that's not always the...more

NLRB: Facebook “Like” is Protected, Concerted Activity Under the Labor Act

The NLRB recently issued another case on employer social media policies, ruling that clicking Facebook’s “Like” button can constitute “protected, concerted” employee activity under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA)....more

NLRB Continues Aggressive Crackdown on Social Media Policies

In the past few years the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) has taken an increased interest in whether workplace policies prohibiting employees from discussing the terms and conditions of their employment on social...more

Should an employer have a written social media policy? [Video]

Phoenix business law firm Jaburg Wilk's Employment law attorney Kraig Marton discusses whether an employer should have a written social media policy. He also talks about whether an employee can get in trouble for what they...more

Week in Review - February 6, 2014

As the world prepares this week for the start of the 2014 Winter Olympics, employers are being cautioned to address technology-induced liability. Many Fortune 500 companies have adopted policies banning employees' use of...more

Facebook: Fireable Offense or Free Speech?

The interplay between an employee’s postings on Facebook and the impact of those postings on his or her employment status is an evolving area of the law. Just last month, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of...more

Labor & Employment E-Note - January 16, 2014

In This Issue: - 13 States Set to Raise Minimum Wage, 11 More Consider Increases - EEOC Reports $372.1M in Monetary Relief for Workplace Bias Claims - N.Y.U. Graduate Assistants Vote to Affiliate with UAW -...more

Employees' use of social media - navigating the potential pitfalls

The use of social media is endemic. According to Facebook’s own statistics, the social networking giant has an average of 699 million active daily users, 1.15 billion monthly active users, and 819 million monthly active users...more

Week in Review - October 24, 2013

The internet can be an invaluable work tool, providing ready access to information and resources essential to getting a job done. The internet can, however, also be a huge distraction, cutting into productivity both at and...more

What's in a "Like"? Precedent-Setting Case Poses New Risk for Employers

The ubiquitous thumbs-up icon in Facebook has gained new prominence for private employers. In a case of first impression, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit held that an employee fired for "liking" the campaign...more

Week in Review - September 20, 2013

It is so easy to press that “like” button on a Facebook post by your best friend, your coworker, or your favorite company. In that quick second, it is unlikely that a person could contemplate all the potential legal and...more

Compliance Communicator: September 2013

Memo to Managers - Social Networking in the Workplace - More than 75 percent of American workers use some form of social networking*, and that number is likely to increase. And it’s not just younger workers who...more

Policy Changes and New Features on Social Media and Mobile Platforms

Facebook Modifies Requirements for Promotions - On August 27, Facebook announced on its Facebook for Business Blog that it has modified the Pages Terms that govern brands' Pages on Facebook to make it easier for...more

Accessing Employees’ Private Facebook Posts Can Get Employers Into Hot Water

A U.S. District Court Judge in New Jersey has just found that private Facebook postings by an employee about her employer are subject to the Stored Communications Act, 18 U.S.C. §§2701-11 (SCA)....more

Social Media in the Workplace -- A New Web of Regulations Falls on Employers

Employers with a non-union workforce may be surprised to learn that their non-supervisory employees have legal protections enforced by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The NLRB has recently taken an aggressive...more

Social Media Law: Copyright

As a follow-up to our earlier post about Revoking an “Implied” Software License, this interesting US case (Davis v. Tampa Bay Arena Ltd.) deals with the use of photographs on Facebook postings....more

Youthful Indiscretions: California Bills Poised to Regulate Use of Minors’ Data on Social Networks

Two bills designed to facilitate the removal of minors’ personal information from social networking sites are currently under consideration in the California State Assembly, after being approved in the upper house of the...more

Trade Secret Litigation Over Social Media: Is It Worth The Cost?

With the continually increasing popularity of social media websites like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, where members can be connected to friends, family members, co-workers, clients, and potential clients all by logging in...more

Managing Your Social Media Accounts

Imagine a situation where you have a small business that is planning a major event at a sports venue and needs to utilize a variety of social media channels to publicize the event and garner support for it. Such a business...more

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