Every employer should have a policy that addresses workplace social media. The terms should balance the employer’s legitimate objectives and the employees’ rights.
The National Labor Relations Board has taken the position that employees have a right to post about their terms and conditions of employment on Twitter, Facebook and other social media posts.
That doesn’t mean, however, that employees have a complete and unrestricted right to post whatever they want.
A company’s policies should, at a minimum,
- require pre-approval to post on behalf of the company, or use the company’s logo;
- prohibit posting of confidential or proprietary information;
- require an employee to include a disclaimer if the post contains a personal opinion;
- remind employees that on-line postings are not private.
This is a great time to review your company’s personnel manual. Contact Hammerle Finley Law Firm to schedule a complete review.