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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

Latest NLRB Developments Regarding Social Media Policies

Social media on the Internet have become enormously popular in recent years as more and more people log on to chat, blog and post updates on an infinite variety of topics. In response to this phenomenon, many companies have...more

Oh, F*©k No: Administrative Law Judge Rules that Employees’ Expletive-Laced Facebook Posts are not Protected Under the National...

With the increasing prominence of social media, employers have been rightfully concerned about the impact of employees’ out-of-work statements on the work place—particularly when it comes to the reputation of the employer. In...more

Double Take - An NLRB Win For Employers?

In prior posts, I summarized the three-step analysis that employers should use before taking adverse action against an employee because of that employee’s social media activity: 1. Was the social...more

More Decisions on Social Media

You have read in this newsletter and elsewhere that the National Labor Relations Board has been cracking down on company policies that restrict what employees can say about their employers. New decisions continue to narrow...more

Social Media in the Workplace -- A New Web of Regulations Falls on Employers

Employers with a non-union workforce may be surprised to learn that their non-supervisory employees have legal protections enforced by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The NLRB has recently taken an aggressive...more

Social Media: A Double-Edged Sword

Social media is one of the fastest growing tools businesses use to employ marketing tactics in a timely and cost effective manner. ...more

Non-Unionized Employers: The NLRB Commands Your Attention

Many non-unionized employers might be surprised to learn that they, too, are governed by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). In fact, in 2012, the NLRB launched a website directed at non-union employees, which details...more

Party Foul! NLRB Orders Reinstatement and Back Pay for Party Bus Guide After Finding Facebook Postings Amount To Protected Union...

Providing yet another example of how online social networking can amount to protected conduct under the National Labor Relations Act, the NLRB ruled earlier this month in New York Party Shuttle, LLC and Fred Pflantzer, CN:...more

NLRB Affirms ALJ On Facebook Firing Case

As we have discussed in several previous alerts, the National Labor Relations Board continues to pursue complaints against employers related to an expanding realm of policies and social media activity. In another recent...more

NLRB Outlines Employers' Social Media Policy Dos and Don'ts

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has become active in scrutinizing and striking down employers’ social media policies. Three times in the last year, the NLRB issued Operations Management Memoranda providing employers...more

The Expanding Law on Employee Use of Social Media

Employee use of social media, such as Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and other internet social sites, whether at the workplace and during work time or off-duty, can be a minefield for both employees and employers....more

Social Media in the Workplace – Employers Must Now Comply With Strict NLRB Oversight

Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA” or the “Act”), 29 USC § 157, protects both union and non-union employees who form, join and assist labor unions, participate in collective bargaining, and engage in “other...more

Facebook Postings Showing Misuse of FMLA Leave Can Form Sufficient Legal Basis of Termination

Based on the number of social media decisions from the National Labor Relations Board over the past two years, most employers understand that when employee Facebook postings constitute “protected activity” under the National...more

National Labor Relations Board on Employer Social Media Policies

As use of social media continues to increase, so do concerns by employers regarding employee use of social media as it relates to the workplace. In response, many employers are drafting new or revised policies covering use of...more

Two Key Elements Every Social Media Policy Should Include [Video]

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has taken actions to protect employee free speech on social media, and, let’s face it – most, if not all, of your employees have at least one social media account. In consideration of...more

Social Media Policies And The NLRB: What Employers Need To Know

Social media policies. Chances are your company has one, is in the process of drafting one, or is worried about not having one. Employees continue to gripe about their jobs and their bosses on Facebook, as states like...more

NLRB Orders Reinstatement of Employees Fired Over Discussion on Facebook

In Hispanics United of Buffalo, Inc., 359 NLRB No. 37 (Dec. 14, 2012), the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) found that an employer violated section 8(a)(1) of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) by firing five...more

The National Labor Relations Board 2012 Year in Review

Introduction - Wow, 2012 was quite the year for the National Labor Relations Board (“Board”)! Last year, we discussed the Board’s agenda, which at the time we described as aggressive, but with the benefit of...more

What Would Jesus Do?

On January 25, 2013, Chelsea Welch, a server at a St. Louis Applebee’s, was terminated from her position after posting online a photograph of a note a customer wrote on a receipt. The note, left by a Missouri-based pastor,...more

The Dangers Of Social Media And Employee Discipline

As if compliance officers do not have enough on their plates. I have written about this before – the risks of interfering with employees’ “protected activity” on social media. What a nightmare and what a maze of confusion!...more

Employers Must Examine Their Employee Agreements For Compliance With The National Labor Relations Act

Recently, an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a decision in Quicken Loans, Inc., which found confidentiality and non-disparagement provisions to be unlawful under the...more

National Labor Relations Board Issues Decisions Important To All Private Sector Employers

In the waning days of 2012, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued several game-changing decisions that are important to all private sector employers—both union and nonunion....more

NLRB Issues Pair of Decisions Limiting Employer Discipline and Policies Regarding Social Media

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recently issued a pair of decisions helping to clarify the limits on employers’ ability to (1) discipline employees for their social media activities and (2) implement confidentiality...more

NLRB: Use of Social Media Can Be Protected Employee Activity

The rise of social media has led to the application of old law to new forms of communication. For instance, an effort by the National Labor Relations Board to educate workers on their right to engage in protected concerted...more

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