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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 -

Trump’s NLRB Picks Advance in the Senate

As you may recall, we recently wrote about President Trump nominating William Emmanuel and Marvin Kaplan to fill the vacant seats on the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, these candidates...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

Second Circuit Holds Pro-Union Sentiment Outweighs Impropriety of Profanity-Laden Rant Against Supervisor, His Mother, and “His...

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Use of profanity by employees, whether in the workplace, outside the workplace, or on social media, presents difficult legal issues for the employer, as highlighted by a recent Second Circuit Court of Appeals decision...more

Trump NLRB Appointments May Result in Reversals of Multiple Labor Decisions

Last week, President Trump named his final appointee to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), giving Republicans a majority of the board’s members. Over time, this majority is likely to reverse a number of controversial...more

Social media-related dismissal held by an Employment Tribunal to be fair

by Dentons on

In Plant v. API Microelectronics Ltd, the Employment Tribunal (ET) has held that the dismissal of a long-serving employee was fair, after she had made derogatory comments over social media about her employer. This decision...more

July Is the New January: Beware of Employment Regulations About to Take Effect

by Littler on

As we close out the first half of the year, July ushers in numerous changes in labor and employment law. Notably, many statutes and administrative regulations across the country become operative in July. Before the fireworks...more

Health Care E-Note - June 2017

by Burr & Forman on

When a physician leaves a medical practice, especially if the physician stays in the area to compete against his/her former employer, the situation can become stressful and acrimonious. Please see full E-Note below for...more

Labor & Employment E-Note - June 2017

by Burr & Forman on

Given the prevalence of social media in our online culture, employers are forced to navigate the ever changing landscape of issues presented by the social media usage of their employees. Please see full E-Note below for...more

Employees’ Social Media Activity: Proceed with Caution

by Burr & Forman on

Given the prevalence of social media in our online culture, employers are forced to navigate the everchanging landscape of issues presented by the social media usage of their employees. What recourse does an employer have...more

4th Circuit sets a match to battalion chief's First Amendment claims

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

Lately, we’ve been seeing more cases in which public-sector employees accuse their governmental employer of violating the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Such claims can arise in many ways, but with the...more

What Would the Perfect Employee Agreement Look Like?

Lawyers strive for perfection in their work, but time constraints, budgets, and other factors work against us. Also, perfection is not always the same thing in every circumstance. It is interesting, however, to contemplate...more

WPI State of the States: Crunch Time in the Statehouses Before Summer Break

by Littler on

At this point in the year, many state lawmakers are wrapping up their efforts before summer, when many legislatures are in recess. Legislatures in roughly half the states have already concluded their sessions. Approximately...more

FTC Sends Warning to Brands and Social Media Influencers

by Perkins Coie on

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently issued more than 90 letters to marketers and their social media influencers warning that influencers must clearly and conspicuously disclose material connections in social media...more

2017 Vermont Legislative Session | The Year in Review - DRM's Government & Public Affairs Team Final Analysis

by Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC on

A May 18th adjournment brought to a close the first half of the 74th biennial session of the Vermont General Assembly. Drama awaits as Gov. Phil Scott has threatened to veto H.518, the fiscal year 2018 budget, over an...more

Works Councils and Social Media in Germany

by Littler on

Works councils in Germany have extensive "co-determination" rights—i.e., the right to participate in company management. Works councils serve as the representative body for employees in German workplaces. Once there are five...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

Social Media Policies and the First Amendment

by PretiFlaherty on

Over the last several years, the National Labor Relations Act has driven much of the discussion around the legalities of social networking policies. Since 2011, for example, the NLRB’s Office of General Counsel has issued...more

Fourth Circuit Upholds Termination of Public Employee for Social Media Comments

A politically divided nation can mean a politically divided workplace. While employers generally hesitate to react to employees’ expression of political views, some comments viewed as extreme, threatening or inconsistent with...more

Are Your Employees Texting? The Risks To Employers In Taking Workplace Communications Offline

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Given the issues workplace texting presents for employers, employers would be wise to make clear in their policies what method of communication employees may use in the workplace for business purposes. If...more

Episode 11: Legal and Business Issues Stemming From Employees' Out-of-Work Conduct

by Akerman LLP on

Matt welcomes Angela Corridan, Director of Labor & Employment Law for JetBlue Airways Corporation, and Ron Palmese, General Counsel for Shake Shack, to generally discuss both employees' and employer's increased social and...more

News from the Vermont Statehouse An - Analysis from DRM’s Government & Public Affairs Team - March 2017 #2

by Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC on

The House Ways and Means Committee is considering a proposal from the Vermont Department of Taxes to reduce the amount of use tax a person can pay without providing records to prove his or her tax liability. The rate would...more

Where Are Your Employees? (Hint: It May Not Be Facebook Anymore)

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

I recently gave a presentation on social media to a local non-profit and had the opportunity to review some of the latest statistics when it comes to the use of social media. Frankly, I knew that there has been a shift...more

Does Your Social Media Policy Apply Globally?

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

The surprising EU perspective - Drafting a global social media policy is a balancing act. Employers need to protect their legitimate business interests, but must do so with respect for the employees’ rights to freedom of...more

What’s in a “Like”?: Tips for Employers and In-House Counsel in Crafting Social Media Policies

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Your colleagues are on social media. Ninety-seven percent of online adults aged 16-64 say they have visited or used a social network within the last month. Because social media continues to grow and constantly evolves,...more

Think Twice Before Tweeting up a Storm

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

One of the more memorable lines from 1989’s Steel Magnolias is “if you can’t say anything nice about anybody, come sit by me.” That sentiment— referred to as “schadenfreude” in German — is amplified on social media, and this...more

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