Do We Need Social Media Policies To Control Employees Activities on Facebook and Twitter?
This may come as a surprise to you, The National Labor Relations Board has issued a memo on social media policies to control employees’ activities on Facebook, Twitter and other social media site. It is Written by Lafe Solomon, acting general counsel for the NLRB. So what are Employees allowed to do?
- Employees can’t use Employer’s logo or trademarks without taking permision from appropriate department.
- If an employee is in doubt about whether to post something, “DO NOT POST” but rather check with company’s attorney or legal department.
- Employees are not allowed to post photos, music, videos and quotes and personal information without obtaining the owner’s permission
- prohibits employees from commenting on any legal matters.
The NLRB said it was unlawful to tell employees not to post “offensive, demeaning, abusive or inappropriate remarks” because that covers “a broad spectrum of communications that would include protected criticisms of the Employer’s laborpolicies or treatment of employees.”
As for cautioning employees to “think carefully” about friending colleagues, that too was unlawfully overbroad, according to the NLRB, because it would discourage communication among co-workers.
Some U.S. companies have their own social media policies, such as General Motors forbid employees from posting anything potentially “misleading” about the company online and even told employees to be careful about “friending” their co-workers on Facebook.
Another examples are DISH Network and Target, have also maintained corporate policies that at least partially violated provisions of the National Labor Relations Act, according to the memo.
Do you think we need a Social Media Policy to control employees activities on Facebook and Twitter?
Here is memo issued by National Labor Relations Board:
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