5 Questions To Ask Before Axing Workers For Facebook Posts

Law360, New York (April 29, 2013, 8:37 PM EDT) -- Employers stung by a worker's scathing social media postings are often in a hurry to take action, but the National Labor Relations Board's interest in such situations means hasty decisions can land a company in hot water.

Of the three decisions the board has handed down on Facebook-related firings so far  — the most recent of which was handed down this month — two have ordered the reinstatement of the axed employees, while the other upheld the termination.

Taken together, the three decisions should lay out some basic ground rules for employers considering whether to discipline employees over social media postings,...

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