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Check your web policies: NLRB looks at employee Facebook posts

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Facebook and other popular social net­working web sites are signifi­cantly changing the way people com­mu­ni­cate—and that communication isn’t always merely personal. Em­ployees sometimes post comments criticizing their jobs and employers, and employers are starting to pay attention.

That’s especially true when the in­formation being posted is highly critical and raises sensitive issues that can end up hurting the company’s public image or fuel employee discontent.

But it’s unclear just how far an employer can go when disciplining employees for complaining about their jobs or working conditions on social networking sites. In fact, there’s considerable confusion about what kinds of disciplinary actions, if any, they can take, fueled in no small part by recent actions by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

The NLRB recently filed a complaint in Illinois alleging that a Chi­cago employer unlawfully terminated an employee...(register to read more)

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