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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 -

Flipping Out Over Flipping Off: What Are the Limits on Regulating Employee Political Speech?

Around the end of October, a photo of a government contractor employee flipping the bird to President Trump’s motorcade went viral after the woman made it her profile picture on Facebook. She was subsequently fired for a...more

Way to Get Fired Number 4,527: Posting A Picture of Yourself Flipping Off the President

In a prior blog post, we discussed whether a private employer can terminate an employee for protesting. This week, we have another example of “off-duty employee” conduct that may result in them standing in the unemployment...more

There’s no debate: freedom of speech presents challenging legal issues for workers and employers in the age of social media

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John Pueschel, partner in the Winston-Salem office of Womble Bond Dickinson, examines the limits on employee free speech and use of social media against the background of recent events at Google and in Charlottesville....more

I-17 – Engaging Your Employees in Today’s Workplace, Featuring Rick Turner at Whirlpool Corporation

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Michael Schmidt, vice chair of Cozen O'Connor’s Labor & Employment Department, discusses how to engage your employees in today’s unique workplace and navigate a multi-jurisdictional set of employment laws. This episode...more

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

Recent Illinois Developments in Employee Non-Compete and Trade Secret Enforcement Actions: What Every Employer Should Know

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Over the past several months, state and federal courts in Illinois have issued several important decisions that will impact employers’ efforts to enforce post-employment restrictive covenants and protect their trade secrets....more

Avoiding Claims of Race, Religious, or National Origin Discrimination in the Current Political Climate

by Fisher Phillips on

Unless you have been living under a rock, you know that the United States has had a new president for about six months: Mr. Donald J. Trump. Many suggest (and I do not take a position on this) that President Trump was...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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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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

2016 Labour and Employment Law – A Year in Review (in 140 characters or less)

by Dentons on

As we close out the first month of 2017, we thought it appropriate to briefly review the cases which caught our eye in 2016 in 140 characters or less...more

Erecting a Legal Defense Through Social Media

by Cozen O'Connor on

I hope you had a very happy holiday season and New Year. Both seem to be distant memories at this point. Many of the upcoming posts in 2017 will undoubtedly address, and be impacted by, the nature of the new Trump...more

Firing Employees For Private Facebook Posts: Employers Should Proceed With Caution

The recent filing of a lawsuit by a former television anchor against her former employer has magnified the need for employers to have a sound and meaningful social media policy. Former Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania news anchor,...more

Why after-hours social media posts can still spell on-the-job trouble

by McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC on

Many people think that only teenagers and twentysomethings are using Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Pinterest, LinkedIn and Google Plus to interact with others. Not so....more

#Fired: Post a Tweet, Lose Your Job

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Many people enjoy spouting off what they view as 140-character tidbits of wisdom on the social media platform Twitter. But recently several individuals have found themselves in trouble with their employers (read: former...more

Social Media and the FMLA

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Imagine for a moment: you are the administrator for a skilled nursing facility and your activities director has just informed you of a need to take FMLA leave for shoulder surgery. You grant the FMLA request and your...more

We Traced The Trade Secret Leak … It’s Coming From Inside The Business

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Seyfarth Synopsis: Protecting trade secrets from employee theft requires more than using an NDA when onboarding new employees. If businesses want to protect their confidential information, they need to take a cradle-to-grave...more

Let’s be “Friends” – Should I “Friend” My Employees? And Other Questions Raised by the Internet Privacy Protection Act

On the last day of the 2016 Regular Session, the West Virginia Legislature passed a bill that will require all West Virginia employers to evaluate their social media policies and practices. HB 4364, known as the Internet...more

Workplace Policy Institute Insider Report — April 2016

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This month's edition of Littler's Workplace Policy Institute Insider Report includes articles on the Administration's push to finalize rules before the November elections, legislative and litigation steps to thwart those...more

Legal Risks with Managing Employees in the Social Media Era

by Conn Maciel Carey LLP on

Social media continues to be a growing platform for applicants, employees, and employers to use for marketing, company branding, and employee engagement. As with any computer technology, the use of social media in the...more

A Recipe for Burrito Disaster: Twitter and the NLRA

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In Havertown, Pennsylvania, Chipotle recently had some negative publicity and, for once, E. coli was not the culprit. Instead, James Kennedy, a 38-year-old war veteran, was terminated from Chipotle, after criticizing the...more

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