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NLRB and social media: Be careful what your policy prohibits

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by Samuel W. Diehl, Esq., Gray Plant Mooty, Minneapolis

Most employers rarely think about labor law. After all, there are now fewer union members than at any point in the past 70 years.

And if employers, unencumbered by collective bargaining agreements, don’t spend much time worrying about unionization, it’s a safe bet that they give hardly any thought to how labor law intersects with the ways in which employees electronically communicate with one another.

But there’s a powerful connection between the two, and that’s something employers must pay attention to. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) certainly does.

NLRB watching social media

Nearly universal Internet access and the astonishing growth of social media platforms such as Twitter, Face­­book and YouTube have created previously unimaginable opportunities for expression between individuals, including employees.

Many employers seek to mitigate the risks from their ...(register to read more)

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