Chances are most of your employees are on social media, and some of them may be using their private accounts to say things about their employment. Frustrated employees might even be complaining about their working conditions – or about you.
While it may seem prudent to ban employees from saying anything negative about your organization online – or perhaps even discussing work at all – the National Labor Relations Board, which interprets the National Labor Relations Act, has ruled that this kind of restriction is illegal. That said, employers can still encourage employees to think before they speak (or type), and remind them that behavior akin to unlawful harassment of their co-workers may still lead to discipline.
Also be aware that 23 states have already implemented social media privacy laws for employees, so you’ll want to ensure you’re not overstepping any legal requirements when drafting your social media policy. The National Conference for State Legislators has an updated library available, so make sure you’re not in violation: Click Here for Link
Join us for a 30-minute webinar on Wednesday, April 18th at 11am MST on the “Do’s and Don’ts of Social Media in the Workplace.” We’ll examine when and how you can regulate the use of social media. We’ll also look at the current laws surrounding social media use and provide pointers for what to include – and avoid – in your company policy.
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