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A Fine Line: Social Media Policy

on 04/03/2012

Social media policies are created to safeguard a company from potential crises as well as from bad publicity from its workers.

However, there is a recent notice from National Labor Relations Board, which says “organizations need to be more specific in the language they use to govern the use of social media policy for US-based employees.”

Under the National Labor Relations Act, US-based employees have a legal right to organize to improve their working conditions, even if that effort includes publicly criticizing their employer or discussing confidential information, such as a salaries, on social networks.

So it raises the question, are social media policies legal? Can we prohibit employees from writing negative information about our company?

As social media grows and evolves, so do the rules and regulations. It is important to stay up to date on information and policies affecting your social media policy so that you are not caught in a legal battle.



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