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October 12, 2012

HR Fact Friday: NLRB Strikes Down Employer’s Social Media Rules

The NLRB recently struck down an employer’s rules regarding social media usage. The company’s policy prohibited electronic postings that damage the company or any person’s reputation. The NLRB found that this language could reasonably be understood by employees as limiting protected comments to co-workers about the terms and conditions of employment. The NLRB also noted that the policy did not include language that would tend to limit its application, perhaps an implicit suggestion that the policy might have stood if it had expressly stated it did not apply to conduct protected by Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act.

Check back early next week to the HRN News & Views Blog where we will post the NLRB’s recommended Social Media Policy in it’s entirety. . . . word for word.

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