Social Media Policy Employee Handbooks

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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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

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

Having Weighed In On Employers’ Social Media Policies, NLRB Rules On Employee Handbooks

The National Labor Relations Board has recently garnered national attention for its crackdown on social media policies. However, over the last few years, the Board has quietly heightened its scrutiny of company handbook...more

NLRB 2013 Year in Review and 2014 Initiatives

Key labor law developments of 2013 are reviewed here for employers to consider as they look ahead to National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) developments in 2014. Employers should prepare to respond to the NLRB's continued...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

Using Biometrics In The Workplace

In the past, employees rarely objected to having their picture taken for the company’s identification badge. But in this age of technology allowing for facial recognition, photo “tagging,” finger or palm prints, and other...more

Week in Review - December 12, 2013

Your company holiday party can be added to the list of things impacted by technology. In addition to the risk of alcohol-induced harassment, injuries, or property damage, employers should be mindful that technology and mobile...more

What's the One Thing Missing from Most Employee Handbooks?

In your experience, what's the one thing most employers overlook when putting together an employee handbook? The answer to that question depends on whom you ask - and, for a legal perspective, we put it to leading employment...more

NLRB Gets Busy – Part 2 NLRB Incursion Into Non-Unionized Workplace

In January, we told you about recent activity by the National Labor Relations Board that overturned or departed from settled precedent. As promised, in Part 2 of this Alert series we summarize recent decisions where the...more

Legal Alert: NLRB Strikes Down Employer's Handbook Policies

On the same day as the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals determined President Obama's recess appointments are unconstitutional, the NLRB continued its assault on workplace rules and employee handbook policies. See DirecTV U.S....more

NLRB’s Actions in 2012 Highlight Critical Labor Issues for Nonunion Employers

In 2012, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or Board) aggressively staked out positions on employment policies and practices prevalent in both union and nonunion workplaces. These issues include social media policies...more

Labor Letter, January 2013: Has The NLRB Outlawed Courtesy?

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has attracted attention in recent years for its scrutiny of employer rules and policies regulating conduct of employees – including employees who are not represented by unions or...more

2013 Is Here – Are You “Employment Ready”

As we presented at our December 2012 Breakfast with Bradley program, the governmental agencies responsible for the enforcement of the employment laws and regulations continue to expand their reach by issuing pro employee...more

The Times They Are a-Changin’: What Employers Need to Know Now About Legislative Developments, NLRB Activities and the EEOC’s...

Prompted by many inquiries from employers about recent significant developments in workplace laws, Lane Powell provides the following overview on the Marriage Equality Act and the recreational marijuana initiative passed by...more

Healthcare Update, No. 4, November 2012: NLRB Continues To Set Sights On Healthcare Employers

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has continued its aggressive attack on employers in the healthcare industry and nonunion employers generally. With a membership majority that is widely recognized as being pro-union,...more

Say What? NLRB Provides Guidance For Social Media Policies

In a series of important rulings, the National Labor Relations Board ("NLRB") has provided guidance regarding the extent to which private employers may regulate aspects of an employee's social media activities consistent with...more

NLRB’s Fine-Toothed Comb Approach Invalidates More Employer Handbooks and Policies

Social media and other employer policies continue to draw close scrutiny from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Recently, the NLRB issued its first binding decision involving employees’ rights under a common social...more

Social Media Update - The NLRB Upholds Employer-Friendly Ruling in First Decision Involving Firing Over a Facebook Posting

As a powerful tool to reach a wide audience and a vehicle for users to reveal otherwise private information, social media creates fertile ground for litigation, particularly in the employment and labor context. In the first...more

NLRB Says Facebook Firing is Lawful, But Social Media Policy is Not

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recently issued its first decision regarding an employee’s termination due to posts on Facebook. The decision, a mixed bag for employers, demonstrates—again—the NLRB’s increasing...more

Social Media Policies in the NLRB's Crosshairs

Between the summer of 2011 and the spring of 2012, the Acting General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), Lafe Solomon, published three Advice Memos that expressed his views on the application of the...more

NLRB Finds That Employer Lawfully Fired Employee Over Facebook Posts, But Its Courtesy Policy Violated The NLRA

On October 1, 2012, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued another decision addressing the intersection between the National Labor Relations Act (the Act), social media, and handbook policies prohibiting...more

Update: NLRB Upholds Termination For Facebook Posting, But Nails Employer For Unrelated Handbook Policy

The NLRB has received a lot of attention for its actions the last couple years. One of the storms was caused by the agency’s attention to employer actions based on employee Facebook postings. More to the point, employers were...more

Employee’s Facebook Posting Not Protected Activity, Says NLRB

The National Labor Relations Board’s most recent decision demonstrates that not all employee social media posts are protected by the National Labor Relations Act. Questions remain, however, about the extent to which employees...more

NLRB Strikes Down Employee Handbook Language and Issues First Social Media Decision

Continuing its aggressive foray into nonunion workplaces, the NLRB has weighed in on social media and employee handbook issues, finding certain language to be unlawful under Section 8(a)(1) of the National Labor Relations...more

NLRB Strikes Down Overbroad Rules, Nixes Social Media Policy

A recent decision from the NLRB illustrates the importance of carefully reviewing your work rules and policies to assure that the mere maintenance of a rule does not end up being an unfair labor practice. In Costco Wholesale...more

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