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Catching up to the 21st century: Courts and social media

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The proliferation of social media has presented businesses with as many challenges as opportunities. To address the challenges, employers have adopted policies aimed at guiding employees on appropriate use of social media.  

There aren’t many published court opinions analyzing the propriety of  such policies. However, a recent Minnesota Court of Appeals decision is one of the first in the state to provide such guidance.

Although the case involved a student disciplinary matter at a public university, the court’s decision has broader application and provides useful insight into how courts are likely to view similar disciplinary issues in employment settings.

Gallows humor at U of M

Amanda Tatro was a mortuary science student at the University of Min­ne­sota. As part of her coursework, she was assigned to work with a cadaver that she named “Bernie.”

Tatro had a Facebook account that allowed “friends” and “friends of friends” to...(register to read more)

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