NLRB Orders Dish to Change Social Media Policy

The National Labor Relations Board has ordered Dish Network to change its social media policy to allow employees to make disparaging or defamatory comments about their employer should they choose to. The Administrative court was particularly interested in criticizing a social media policy that could lead to union or collective activity being restrained. Eriq Gardner looks at the dispute in “Dish Network Ordered to Change Social Media Policy” in The Hollywood Reporter. Administrative Law Judge Robert Ringler’s decision can be found here.

 

New Laws Make Social Media Policies Even More Important

Given the new laws passed recently in numerous states such as New York, New Jersey, California, South Carolina, Washington, Ohio, Minnesota, Michigan, Missouri, and Massachusetts, it is more important than ever to have a clear social media policy in place in your organization. The policy must, of course, be compliant with the law and serve the best interests of company and employees alike. Elizabeth M Ebanks provides some excellent advice in her article “Have No Fear: 5 Steps to Implementing an Effective Social Media Policy.”

Social Media Adds New Spin to Old Problems

Everything old is new again on social media. Human resources departments need to take a close look at their harassment and discrimination policies in relation to the use of social media. Tom Starner provides an in-depth look at these issues here.

One More Reason It’s Important to Stay Up-to-date on Social Media Law

It may seem like a lot of work to track all the changes in social media law with so many stories and cases emerging every day, but it’s money and time well spent. Jon Chavez’s article, “Law’s Stance on Social Media Fluid, Firms Told,” points out why. It’s important that a company’s social media policies keep pace with changes in the law.

Another Top Ten List

As a follow up to Friday’s list, here’s another list to get you thinking about Social Media and how to use it effectively in 2012. Glen Gilmore outlines “10 Social Media Law & Governance Resolutions for 2012.”

When the First Amendment Isn’t Enough

As a follow up to yesterday’s post, here is another article on actions brought over employees posting critical comments on Facebook.

By Catherine Ho, “Business Abuzz About Workplace Rules on Social Media,” in The Washington Post.

Cautionary Tales for Using Social Media at Work

The National Labor Relations Board is being asked to rule on cases in which an employee’s use of social media has lead to an employer taking action, such as termination, of that employee. So far, the decisions seem to favor the employers.

Read more:

Sam Hananel, “Workers, Employers Clash on Social Media.” Chicago Sun-Times.

Ameet Sachdev, “Judge Backs Car Dealer.” Chicago Tribune.