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Week in Review

The National Labor Relations Board continues to focus on employer social media policies and employee discipline for online activity. In a ruling this week involving Triple Play Sports Bar & Grill, the Board concluded that...more

Lessons on Social Media in the Workplace

The following is a guest blog post by Tyler M. Paetkau, a partner with Hartnett, Smith & Paetkau in Redwood City. Tyler represents employers in all aspects of labor and employment law. He’s a frequent author and speaker on...more

Enforcing Your Policies Outside The Workplace

All employers adopt and enforce policies regulating conduct at the workplace. Many employers expect that employees will follow their employment polices at all times regardless of whether the employee is working or at work....more

Landry's Inc. v. Flores: NLRB Ruling Bucks Trend, Hints that Non-Infringement Provisions in Employee Handbooks may be Lawful

On June 26, a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) judge ruled that Landry’s Inc., parent of Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., did not violate federal labor laws with its policy governing employees’ use of social media. Administrative...more

NLRB Work Rule Decisions Continue to be a Mixed Bag

As the NLRB continues to wade through the pool of issues arising from social media policies and other workplace rules, an Administrative Law Judge’s recent decision in Cellco Partnership d/b/a Verizon Wireless (July 25, 2014)...more

Five Recent NLRB Cases Provide Further Insight on Structuring Employers' Social Media Policies

Employers, struggling to regulate employees’ work-related social media postings, recently suffered a string of defeats in National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) cases challenging their social media and related communications...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

Popular Reads on Social Media & the Law

There's much to be sorted out at the intersection of social media and the law, as evidenced by the following collection of popular reads on JD Supra....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

NLRB Cracking Down On No-Taping Policies

It is well-established that the NLRB has been aggressively litigating cases involving social media policies and employees terminated for making disparaging comments online. Recently, however, the NLRB has expanded its reach...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

When Tech Innovation Outpaces the Law, A Minefield Of Workplace Issues in Social Media

Part of JD Supra's series on innovation and the law. The NLRB has famously struck down employers’ social media policies based on a law that was adopted during the New Deal and has not been amended since....more

At-Will Employment Clauses and the NLRB

The National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) has made headlines in the last few years with its close scrutiny of workplace social media policies. However, making something of a quieter splash, the NLRB has also been...more

The National Labor Relations Board Continues Its Full-Frontal Attack on Employers’ Rules of Conduct

The National Labor Relations Board continues its full-frontal attack on reasonable rules of conduct promulgated by employers in two recent cases issued at the beginning of April. In Hills and Dales General Hospital,...more

Courteous, professional workplace policy outlawed

In recent months, some of the National Labor Relations Board’s intentions have become obvious. First, the NLRB plans on devoting considerable attention and resources towards non-union employees and employers. Next, the NLRB...more

The NLRB Weighs in Again on Civility - Civility Loses

A lot of people are available to tell you how to best utilize social media, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and other platforms to promote your brand, to promote yourself or even just the best way to share pictures of your cats. ...more

Another Federal Player in the Social Media Sandbox

There seems to be room in the sandbox for lots of people to play. Recent recesses have seen the NLRB dominate the discourse over the do’s and don’ts when it comes to social media and employment law. But another federal...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

Social Media & Protected Activity: Not Always a Third Rail for Employers

The efforts of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to expand the definition of employee activity protected by section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) and its aggressive prosecution of employers alleged to...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

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

She tweeted what?!

Employers may have become familiar with some of the legal and human resources issues involving social media use by employees. However, one social media platform offers an illustration of the many evolving legal, human...more

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