Creating an effective blog policy to limit employer liability

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It seems like everyone has a blog. Even The New York Times’ web site devotes space for several reporting and opinion blogs. People write blogs to update friends and families about the events in their lives. Other blogs focus on hobbies, politics or entertainment. But blogs about work may not be so innocuous.

Employment lawyers have been warning for some time that blogs will one day be a volatile issue in the workplace. Recent events show that day has arrived.

For example, a member of the Cherokee County, GA, Planning Commission provoked a firestorm of controversy after an online post she made advocated dismantling Israel to achieve peace in the Middle East. The outcry forced her to resign.

Terminating an individual’s employment for inappropriate comments on a blog even has a name—“doocing,” named for an employee who was fired for comments on her blog at www.dooce.com.

Blog posts can be explosive because bloggers often t...(register to read more)

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