Social Media Policy

Social Media Policies are organizational personnel policies that outline, often in employee handbooks, acceptable standards for online behavior, as well as ownership and maintenance of organizational social media... more +
Social Media Policies are organizational personnel policies that outline, often in employee handbooks, acceptable standards for online behavior, as well as ownership and maintenance of organizational social media accounts and profiles. The development and enforcement of Social Media Policies can be a controversial issue. For example, some Social Media Policies have been subjected to scrutiny by the National Labor Relations Board for being reasonably interpreted as discouraging "protected concerted activity."  less -
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NLRB atypically 'gets it right' in latest ruling on social media

One of the topics from our recent “Eye on Workplace Privacy” seminar was the focus on how the NLRB has been dealing with employer handbook and social media policies. In that segment, we highlighted how the NLRB at times has...more

Week in Review

We hope you had a happy 4th of July weekend! Last week’s news included more employees making headlines for their misuse of social media. The links below highlight three cases in which employees’ social media activity or...more

FDA Issues Draft Guidances Regarding Social Media: Handling Misinformation and Character Space Limits

On June 17, 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued two draft guidance documents concerning the use of social media and internet platforms for advertising and promotion: Internet/Social Media Platforms:...more

10 Tips for Creating an Effective Social Media Policy

A controversial tweet posted by a Kansas University professor last fall in response to the shootings at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C. resulted in the Kansas Board of Regents’ adoption of a revised social media policy. The...more

NLRB Administrative Law Judge Rulings on Work Rules and Social Media Policies Continue to Perplex

The NLRB may be getting #SocialMedia, but confusion concerning employer work rules and social media policies became obvious yet again in Professional Electrical Contractors of Connecticut (June 4, 2014). In this decision, ALJ...more

More States Restrict Employers’ Access to Employees’ Social Media Accounts

As first discussed in McDermott Will & Emery’s Privacy and Data Protection 2013 Year In Review, state legislatures are enacting laws limiting employers’ ability to access the social media accounts of their employees. Thus...more

Status Updates - June 2014

..The CIA has entered the realm of social media, setting up a Twitter presence and a Facebook account. There one can find, among other things, reflections on intelligence history and fun facts from the CIA World Factbook...more

Oklahoma and Louisiana Become the Latest States to Enact Social Media Password Protection Laws

Weeks after Wisconsin and Tennessee enacted their own legislation aimed at restricting access by employers to applicants’ and employees’ personal online content, Oklahoma and Louisiana have followed suit, further complicating...more

Federal ALJ Says Social Media Policy Cannot Require Employees to State That Their Opinions Are Not Those of the Company

In recent years, the National Labor Relations Board has attacked a range of employer social media policies that sought to restrict employees’ complaints or disparaging remarks about their employers. The NLRB contends that...more

Social Media Misuse in the Workplace Rising, Companies Take Action and Implement Policies

Social media is an increasingly essential tool in today's business environment but as employers are learning, it carries inherent risks. More employers are taking disciplinary action and implementing social media policies to...more

Utah Employment Law Update – Part 1

In This Issue: • Social Media Screening • Handbooks and Policies • Investigations and Employee Discipline • Employment Covenants - Excerpt from Social Media Screening: Many states are enacting...more

Social Media - The Double-Edged Sword For Screening Job Applicants

It’s become second-nature to “Google” people to whom you’ve been introduced or are planning to meet. For many employers, it’s just as easy to engage in the same process with those applying for employment. When an...more

Are Provisions in Your Social Media Policy Overbroad? The NLRB Might Think So

Employers see social media as a new and different form of communication by their employees, requiring careful consideration and special policies. But according to a recent decision from a National Labor Relations Board...more

NLRB Gets #SocialMedia: Board and ALJ Rulings Recap

‘April rulings bring May muddling’ might be a better way to tweet recent social media decisions at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) given the Board’s ruling in Durham School Services (April 25, 2014) and an...more

Goodbye Precedent, Hello Forced Speech?

The NLRB continues to push for a share of the employment law spotlight. It also continues to act in a way that shows why its “precedent” is truly only “precedent” when the political winds don’t change. ...more

Social Media Policies — ALJ Disregards Guidance From NLRB General Counsel

If you identify yourself as an associate of the Company and publish any work-related information online, you must use this disclaimer: "The postings on this site are my own and don't necessarily represent the positions,...more

It May Be Time To Update That Social Media Policy: FFIEC Releases Social Media Guidance

On December 11, 2013, the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) released final supervisory guidance entitled "Social Media: Consumer Compliance Risk Management Guidance" (the Guidance). ...more

NLRB Strikes Down “Negativity” Policy

Eighteen months ago, we reported on a slate of decisions from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) which struck down social media, confidentiality and other similar policies from non-union employee handbooks. Last week...more

This Week’s Starting Lineup Brought to You by the NLRB

After a disappointing Saturday loss, a college quarterback returns to practice Monday to find his coach ready and willing to revisit the weekend and remind the quarterback that his starting position and scholarship are on the...more

Trade Secrets? Tips For Keeping Data Safe

The leak of National Security Agency (NSA) data by computer contractor Edward Snowden ignited a global discussion about secrets of all kinds. For business owners, the increased odds of high tech theft are good reason to...more

Employer Access to Employee Social Media: Applicant Screening, ‘Friend’ Requests and Workplace Investigations

A 2013 CareerBuilder survey of hiring managers and human resource professionals reports that more than two in five companies use social networking sites to research job candidates. This interest in social networking does not...more

Social Media Training is About Balance: Embrace the Power, Mitigate the Risks

Perhaps you’ve heard of this crazy new thing called “Social Media.” Of course you have. Even your grandmother uses Facebook now, right?...more

NLRB continues quest to expand its authority

Now that the National Labor Relations Board has its mandated full complement of five members, it is expected that it will continue its quest to broaden its authority over private employers. For example, along with the NLRB’s...more

Social Media – Revise Your Policy If It Says This

If you have a provision similar to the one below in any of your employee agreements, handbooks, etc. or are considering including one, make sure you read the rest of this article....more

Employment Law Alert - Mar 2014: LinkedIn: What’s Your Policy ?

The prevalence of social media in today's society, both in and out of the workplace, is undeniable. However, this continually emerging area of the law is fraught with perils. With that acknowledgement, companies must consider...more

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