Like’ This at Your Peril

09.05.2014
HR & Safety

The intersection of workplace rights and social media

Originating in Connecticut but with national implications, one of the National Labor Relations Board’s latest decisions sheds some light on the status of employee use of social media.

Attorney Dan Schwartz, author of the widely followed Connecticut Employment Law Blog, reports on the latest development in a long-running NLRB case and the intersection of workplace rights and social media–specifically, the use of a Facebook “Like” to express agreement with a workplace comment in an online discussion among current and former employees and members of the public.

While some might say the boundaries of the National Labor Relations Act protections for social media activity as a form of protected concerted activity are “as clear as mud,” Attorney Schwartz’s ongoing reporting on this case and the evolving standards offers some clarity to how, when, and where employers may or may not step in and manage their workplace relative to social media.

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