In August, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), an independent agency in the U.S. government that protects employees’ rights to join together to improve wages and working conditions, with or without a union, released a report on the outcome of investigations into 14 cases involving the use of social media and employers’ social media policies.
If you have not heard about the report or if you read it but were unsure how it will affect your business, we recommend reading this detailed article including insights from lawyers.
The report is not a new law, but it interprets existing laws and how they can be applied to social media.
Some of the key points:
- Monitoring employee comments on social media could be unlawful
- Don’t make your social media policy too broad or it is unlawful
- You cannot prohibit employees from talking about the company with other employees… even if it is on Facebook.