Is there a Weiner in your workplace?
Business Management Daily offers Webinar: Employees Online: Social Media at Work
(Falls Church, Va.) — Even as the public continues to wonder: “What was he thinking?!” It is clear that former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner has plenty of company in making social media mistakes. As more and more workplaces are dealing with embarrassing—and legally risky—online behaviors, Business Management Daily is offering a new webinar to guide employers and HR departments on how to protect themselves from social media mistakes and legal risks.
“We’d like to offer Weiner a free registration and CD for our new webinar so he can understand what proper online behavior is at work...and why wise employers put certain limits on social media use outside of work too,” says Associate Publisher Adam Goldstein.
The webinar, Employees Online: Social Media at Work will be held June 30, 2011, 1 p.m. ET. It is designed to provide employers with definitive, practical answers to challenges that come with online behavior in and out of the office. (After June 30, a CD recording of the webinar will be available for sale by clicking here.)
“Postings on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, blogs, Google and IMs have created a scary new world for organizations because mistakes can live on forever,” says Goldstein. “We’re seeing a great number of cases that illustrate the new legal risks for U.S. employers.” Among the examples:
• A flight attendant is fired for posting risqué pictures of herself in uniform. She sues. Was that free speech?
• An IBM employee loses her disability benefits because the company says her joyful Facebook photos show she no longer suffers from major depression. Is that legal?
• A job applicant is rejected after a Google search reveals a “brandishing weapons” conviction. Did HR expose the company to a potential lawsuit?
• An Arizona newspaper fired a crime reporter after he posted a series of unprofessional tweets on his work-related Twitter account. He complains to the National Labor Relations Board The NLRB dismisses his complaint.)
Employers are wrestling with questions such as: Where’s the line between prudent monitoring and invasion of privacy? Are sexy or violent postings mere “venting”— or a warning of workplace danger?
As experts debate and attorneys litigate, this new webinar provides employers with need-to-know information on the risks and the best strategies to avoid problems. It includes:
• The five reasons employers must put limits on employees’ blogs, tweets and other social media posts
• Clarification as to when employees' online postings are considered free speech … and when they libel? (including a sample five-question test )
• Advice on developing a workplace social media policy
• Discussion on how the National Labor Relations Act applies in the virtual world
• Answers to employer questions such as “Can we fire workers if they post embarrassing (but true) details about our company?”
• Internal and external legal risks of social media
• Six steps employers can take to safeguard their organizations against online legal threats
Attorney Jon Hyman, a partner with Kohrman, Jackson & Krantz in Cleveland, will lead the webinar and conduct a Q&A session. Hyman is editor of HR Specialist: Ohio Employment Law and an expert on national employment law. He is regularly interviewed by the media including the National Law Journal, Business Insurance Magazine, Inside Counsel, and Lawyers USA.
All employees have a right to a safe workplace, free speech and free expression; this webinar is designed to help executives protect employee rights as well as their organizations’ reputation and trade secrets—effectively and legally.
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