Social Media In The Workplace — No LOLing Matter

Law360, New York (November 10, 2011, 1:16 PM EST) -- Raising the stakes in the National Labor Relations Board’s war on employer monitoring of social media, an administrative law judge ruled on Sept. 2, 2011, that Hispanics United of Buffalo violated the National Labor Relations Act when it terminated employees for discussing on Facebook criticism a co-worker had made about their performance.

No ALJ had previously issued a ruling regarding social media usage.

While each future case will be extremely fact-specific, employers are well advised to promulgate robust and lawful social media and blogging policies. Such...
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