NLRB Issues New Summary of Social Media Cases

January 30th, 2012 by JBWK

In a follow up to its early memo summarizing social media cases, the NLRB Office of General Counsel has issued an updated report discussing its social media cases from the past year.

It does not forge much new ground. The two big takeaways are still: (1) the need for narrowly tailored policies that don’t restrict legitimate organization and; (2) that employees may still be disciplined for posting complaints online about their work/coworkers that do not legitimately relate to wages or other protected activity.

Social media isn’t going away, so employers must adapt with rules and policies recognizing their employees’ rights to coordinate while still maintaining effective discipline for disparaging online matters.

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