The EEOC and Social Media: Late to the Party?

The EEOC held a public meeting yesterday that examined how social media is being used in the work place and how it may impact the enforcement of the laws by the EEOC. Public hearings are rare; in the last two years, the Commission has held hearings on pregnant workers and workers with care giving responsibilities;...

ALJ Strikes Social Media Policy Disclaimer for Work-Related Speech

How many of you have social media policies, which contain a provision that reads something like this... "If you identify yourself as an associate of the Company and publish any work-related information online, you must use this disclaimer: 'The postings on this site are my own and don't...

70% of Employers Think Your Social Media Posts Are Their Business

A well-respected management-side firm (and sometimes opposing counsel of mine, I should add), Proskauer, released a study they did on social media this week, and I found it quite disturbing from the employee-side point of view. Their key finding: While nearly 90 percent of companies use social media...

Employers, If You Fire for a Facebook Post, Please, Get a Copy of It First!

The plaintiff is a Michigan lawyer. She was placed on the assignment list of the County Probate Court and, as a result, received several case assignments. She made a comment on Facebook about what she believed to be inefficiency at the Clerk’s Office at the Court in a particular case she was handling...

Does the NLRB "Like" Your Social Media Policy?

A recent decision from the National Labor Relation Board's ("NLRB's") Division of Judges further exemplifies the NLRB's proactive approach in scrutinizing both union and non-union employers' social media policies. In Kroger Co. v. Granger , the judge found that several provisions...

Oops! My Bad! Facebook Firing Based on Mistake

Contrary to popular belief, employees may be lawfully terminated for comments or pictures that they post on social-networking sites. The law also permits employers to make honest mistakes. An employer who makes the decision to terminate an employee based on an honest, but mistaken belief that the employee...

Why Employee Use of Social Media "Off the Clock" May Still Impact Your Workplace

A few weeks, ago I was speaking about social media and the workplace to a fabulous audience at the 2014 SHRM Annual Conference and Expo . ( Email me if you want a copy of my slidedeck). One of my session themes was that there is no such thing as employees using social media "off the clock."...

What Does the ADA Say About Employee Medical Information and Social Media?

The ADA protects, as confidential, employee medical information obtained by an employer. Last year, I asked the following questions about the impact of social media on this confidentiality obligation: What happens, however, when an employee suffers an on-the-job injury and a supervisor shares information...

Should You Block Social Media at Work?

One of my summer television addictions is NY Med , which follows surgeons around some of the New York metro area’s busiest hospitals. One this summer’s episodes focused on a man who had been hit by a subway train. An ER nurse Instagrammed a photo of the empty trauma room, along with the caption...

An Unconstitutional Workplace Social Media Policy?

Can an employer's social media policy be unconstitutional? Maybe - if it's a public employer. We may get some insight into the constitutional boundaries of public employer social media policies in a new lawsuit filed against a sheriff's office in Texas. The case is Pittman v. Garcia. You...

Keeping Secrets on Social Media

The title of this post is a bit laughable, isn’t it? I mean, really, it’s almost an oxymoron. Keeping secrets on social media? What’s the point? The very existence of social media is dependent upon sharing—not secret-keeping. But the two are intersecting more and more. Which is...

Keeping Secrets on Social Media: Part II

Employees telling secrets online was the subject of yesterday's post, Keeping Secrets on Social Media . Today's post--a continuation of the theme from yesterday--is about "auto-expire" apps. An "auto-expire" app is an app that enables users to set an automatic expiration...

Social Media Blunders Cost a Chef and a Chief Their Jobs

More proof that both entry-level employees and C-Suite executives can do dumb stuff and receive the Vince McMahon treatment ... No shirt, no sense, no job. When I go out to eat, I'm not that picky. While I often have a taste of fine dining, I can do beer and wings with the best of 'em....