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Two Employees, Social Media, An Unlawful Policy ... What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

The advent of social media resulted in a feverish effort by the NLRB to keep up with new technology. In reality, the legal standard for evaluating whether conduct is protected concerted activity did not change. Rather, all...more

Digital Disruptions: Handling Social Media Misuse By Students And Educators

by Fisher Phillips on

Beginning with the launch of Myspace and Facebook in the early part of the last decade, social media communication has taken the world by storm. Today, social media networking is the primary means of communicating about one’s...more

Employer Cannot Fire Employees For Obscenity-Laced Facebook Posts During Union Organizing Campaign

by Tonkon Torp LLP on

Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act protects employees who engage in concerted activities for purposes of collective bargaining or for mutual aid and protection. How far that protection extends was tested in NLRB v....more

Second Circuit Holds Termination of Employee Who Attacked Supervisor in Obscene Facebook Post Violates NLRA

The Second Circuit said last week that an employer violated the National Labor Relations Act when it fired an employee who criticized a supervisor on Facebook during an election. The catch here is that the Second Circuit...more

NLRB Finds Employee’s Facebook Posts Critical of Union Protected

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: NLRB affirms ALJ’s ruling finding that a union member’s criticisms on Facebook of the union that represented him were protected by the NLRA. On February 7, 2017, in Laborers’ International Union of...more

What’s Good for the Goose…

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

Over the past few years, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has taken issue with employers that discipline employees over Facebook and other social media postings. The NLRB allows employees to discuss wages and other...more

NLRB Administrative Judge Finds Employee Facebook Post Was Protected Speech

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: A new NLRB decision that attempts to define further the boundaries of protected speech under the NLRA. In Laborers’ International Union of North America and Mantell, Case No. 03-CB-136940 (NLRB...more

NLRB Ruling in Social Media Case Provides Useful Guidance for Employers

by Littler on

Drafting a social media policy in compliance with Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA” or “the Act”) has become increasingly challenging for employers, as the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or “the...more

Quirky Question #279: Concerted Activity in 140 Characters or Less

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Question: I am a manager in a medium-sized retailer that has locations and employees in 16 states. The company maintains a social media policy, which was recently updated. ...more

NLRA Protections for Derogatory Statements and Four-Letter Words Attacking a Company and its Managers

by Littler on

More and more employers, union and non-union alike, are getting ensnared in efforts by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or “Board”) to aggressively expand employee rights under the National Labor Relations Act...more

Restaurant Forced to Rehire Employees Who Insinuated Food was Germ-Infested - Section 7 of the NLRA Guarantees Workers the Right...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The Jimmy John's sandwich franchise must have been surprised to learn that it had violated federal labor law when it disciplined employees who had posted hundreds of signs around its outlets suggesting that its sandwiches...more

#Concerted Activity in 140 Characters or Less

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Employees have increasingly voiced concerns on social media regarding their employment, often including specific statements about their employers. As previously discussed on this blog, an employee’s Facebook post related to...more

Second Circuit Holds That Facebook “Like” May Be Concerted Activity Under Section 7 of the NLRA

The Second Circuit recently released a summary order in Three D, LLC v. NLRB affirming the National Labor Relations Board’s (the Board) ruling that a Facebook “like” can be construed as concerted activity under Section 7 of...more

The Second Circuit “Likes” the NLRB’s Reasoning

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

In recent years, the National Labor Relations Board has tended to protect employees’ social media activity against employers. A few weeks ago, the Second Circuit upheld a decision of the National Labor Relations Board...more

Second Circuit Affirms NLRB Decision Employers Won’t Like

by Allen Matkins on

Back in August 2014, we discussed an NLRB decision, which concluded that employees’ use of Facebook’s “like” button can constitute protected concerted activity under Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act and that the...more

Facebook ‘like’ considered protected activity

by McAfee & Taft on

Employers know that when it comes to employees discussing employment issues on social media, it is best for employers to tread carefully. A recent federal court of appeals decision confirmed that even a simple Facebook “like”...more

Quirky Question #269: Like it or Not – Facebook Post Protected Under the NLRA

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Question: I own a small manufacturing company that employs 25-35 employees, depending on our workload. Over the years, a number of my customers and my employees have “friended” me on Facebook. Last week, I saw that one of...more

Second Circuit Upholds NLRB’s Views on Employee Social Media Use

by PretiFlaherty on

Last year, the National Labor Relations Board held for the first time that “liking” a comment on a Facebook page may qualify as protected activity if it relates to comments that are otherwise protected under Section 7 of the...more

Second Circuit Affirms NLRB View That Facebook "Likes" Are Protected Concerted Activity

Last week, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals backed the National Labor Relations Board’s position that employee social media postings are protected concerted activity under federal law, even if they use obscenities that...more

Dislike Employees’ Facebook “Likes”? Fire Away at Your Own Risk

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

On October 21, 2015, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the ruling of the National Labor Relations Board (“Board”) decision in Triple Play Sports Bar and Grill, 361 NLRB No. 31 (2014). The employer, Triple Play, had...more

Second Circuit Finds Facebook “Likes” Protected Under NLRA

by Genova Burns LLC on

On October 21, 2015, the Second Circuit clarified in Triple Play Sports Bar and Grille v. National Labor Relations Board that protections provided under Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”) encompass...more

Second Circuit Upholds That Facebook "Likes" Can Be Protected, Concerted Activity

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

On October 21, 2015, the Second Circuit upheld the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) earlier ruling that clicking the Facebook “Like” button can be protected concerted activity. The Triple Play Sports Bar & Grill fired...more

Employer Strikes Out; Facebook Likes Protected by NLRA, Says Second Circuit

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

On Friday, at my firm’s annual Labor & Employment Law seminar, I’ll be talking about the NLRB and Employee Handbooks with my colleague, Chris Engler. Among the topics we had planned to discuss was the ongoing Triple Play...more

Weigand v. N.L.R.B: A Double Standard for Social Media?

by BakerHostetler on

On April 17, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld a National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or “Board”) decision finding a local branch of the Amalgamated Transit Union (“Union”) could...more

Employer beware: NLRA rulings often conflict with existing employer policies

by McAfee & Taft on

One of the biggest misconceptions employers have is that the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) only applies to unionized employers. As a result, employers may hear of an adverse ruling from the National Labor Relations...more

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