The widespread use of blogs and social networking web sites such as Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn and Twitter has employers worried about what their employees are keyboarding and texting.

THE LAW: Generally, employers may regulate workplace speech and communication. Some laws, such as the Civil Rights Act, the ADA and others actually require employers to control abusive or harassing speech when it’s based on race, religion, national origin, color, ethnicity, gender or disability.

At the other end of the spectrum, the National Labor Relations Act bars employers from muzzling employees when the employees are discussing working conditions or even pay.

Common law gives employers protection against the loss of trade secrets, slander and libel. Many states have laws requiring keepers of personal information to report data security breaches. Employees who let confidential data loose on the Internet may be costing employers...(register to read more)

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