Tag Archives: social media

NLRB Speak on Employee Handbook Provisions (Again). Private Sector Employers Take Note.

Ver la versión en español aquí Coastal Industries, a Jacksonville, Florida employer, thought it had an employee handbook that was compliant with the dictates of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). After a NLRB review of its handbook, however, it got a rude awakening. Remember, the NLRB can find workplace policies to be unfair labor … Continue Reading

Morale Makes Money: How Starbucks Raised the Bar(ista)… Again

Ver la versión en español aquí Last week, the CEO of Starbucks, Kevin Johnson, announced the ‘Partner and Family Sick Time’ benefits for all of Starbucks’ U.S. employees. Starbucks is giving employees a number of additional perks, including increased wages, stock grants, six-week paid parental leave for non-birth giving parents and five days of paid … Continue Reading

“Like” or “Dislike” – Did Zuckerberg Overlook Facebook’s Paternity Leave Policy?

Ver la versión en español aquí More than 3 years ago, I blogged about the unjustified criticism received by then-New York Mets (and now Washington Nationals) baseball player Daniel Murphy when he missed 2 baseball games for the birth of his child. That criticism – much of it voiced by other athletes and sports commentators … Continue Reading

Employee Smart Phones: Smile, Your Meeting is Streaming Live and in Color

Ver la versión en español aquí Let’s go back to happier times … for Pittsburgh Steelers fans, that is. On January 15, 2017, the Steelers won the AFC Divisional playoff, moving the team to the AFC Championship game against the New England Patriots the following Sunday. (Cue the “Boos”).  The players were elated.  The post-game … Continue Reading

Warnings for Your Company Holiday Party

Ver la versión en español aquí It is that time of year again – Holiday Party Season!  What’s a party without alcohol, and what’s a law blog without a curmudgeon preaching moderation and reasonableness? (Paramount Pictures’ 2016 trailer for Office Christmas Party shows just how out of control these parties can get!) We all know the … Continue Reading

Have an Election Season Free from Tax Penalties!

Ver la versión en español aquí It’s hard to turn on a TV, read the news, or walk into a social setting without hearing about the election. As we head into the full-blown campaign season, we want to remind you that federal tax law specifically prohibits political campaign activity by employers that are tax exempt … Continue Reading

Law Would Ban Florida Employers from “E-Stalking”

Ver la versión en español aquí Not long ago, we blogged about social media as a blessing and a curse for employers.  On the one hand, social media helps businesses market products and services; on the other, social media provides employees with an easily-accessible platform to draw negative attention to the business. To prevent (or minimize) … Continue Reading

Facebook “Unfriending” – A Form of Workplace Bullying?

Employers in Australia may be scrambling to update their social media and anti-bullying policies in light of a finding by the Fair Work Commission (FWC), Australia’s national workplace relations tribunal, that Facebook “unfriending” may constitute workplace bullying. The FWC was tasked with analyzing whether Rachael Roberts — a real estate agent sales administrator — was … Continue Reading

Is Fantasy Football Affecting Your Workplace?

Ver la versión en español aquí The football may be fantasy, but how real is its effect on productivity in your workplace? A recent report by Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc., an employment consulting firm, states that fantasy football, with an estimated 31 million working-age participants, may cost employers close to $14 billion. According to … Continue Reading

Hey, NBA Commissioner Silver, Way to Flex Your HR Muscle

Kudos to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, who, like a true HR professional, fined Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling $2.5 million and banned Sterling for life from the NBA. The punishment came last week on the heels of a leaked audio recording in which Sterling is heard scolding V. Stiviano, Sterling’s “personal assistant” (code name … Continue Reading

Firing By Non-Profit for Inappropriate Facebook Conversation OK’d By NLRB Judge

A NLRB judge recently ruled that a non-profit’s discharge of two employees for having an inappropriate conversation on Facebook about the non-profit did not run afoul of the National Labor Relations Act.  Click here for copy of the case.  On July 30, 2012,  the non-profit, a corporation that ran an after school teen center in … Continue Reading

Back Door Into Employee’s Facebook Wall is a No-No

A New Jersey federal court ruled this week that “private” Facebook wall posts are covered by the Stored Communications Act (“SCA”).  The SCA is a federal law that, among other things, prohibits unauthorized access of communications stored on the internet. Deborah Ehling, a former Monmouth-Ocean Hospital Service Corp. nurse, posted comments on her Facebook wall … Continue Reading

Manna From Heaven? – NLRB Has Provided Confidentiality Language That Complies With the Law

Employers, union and non-union alike, have been spinning their wheels every time the NLRB comes out with a new case, general counsel memorandum or advice memorandum slamming a generally accepted employment policy.  This past year, we have seen the NLRB take on social media policies, collective action waivers, at-will disclaimers and confidentiality rules.  This time, … Continue Reading

NLRB’s Acting General Counsel Provides Do’s and Don’ts for Social Media Policies

The National Labor Relations Board Acting General Counsel Lafe E. Solomon issued his third report on employees’ social media use on May 30.  We previously blogged about the first report (see NLRB Issues Guidance on Social Media Policies) and several other NLRB cases involving social media. This recent report focuses on the lawfulness of several … Continue Reading

NLRB Continues its Attack on Overly Broad Social Media Policies

We have been commenting on the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) recent decisions on the lawfulness of social media policies. An NLRB Administrative Law Judge recently struck down a portion of a company’s social media policy that prohibited employees from commenting on work-related legal matters without the express permission of the company’s legal department. The … Continue Reading

Administrative Law Judge Reviews Two Facebook Postings – One Protected, One Not

As another follow-up to our posts, NLRB OK’s Employee Bad-Mouthing on Social Media, Update: The NLRB Seesaws On Social Media Bad-Mouthing, NLRB Issues Guidance On Social Media Policies and Administrative Law Judge Recommends Employees Fired For Facebook Be Reinstated and Provided Loss of Pay, an Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”) has made a recommendation on another … Continue Reading

Administrative Law Judge Recommends Employees Fired for Facebook Posts Be Reinstated and Provided Loss of Pay

For the first time, in Hispanics United of Buffalo, Inc., an Administrative Law Judge has found a violation of the National Labor Relations Act in a social media case brought by the General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”).  As addressed in the earlier post, NLRB OKs Employee Bad-Mouthing on Social Media, the General Counsel … Continue Reading

NLRB Issues Guidance on Social Media Policies

Yesterday, August 18, 2011, the National Labor Relations Board issued a 24-page memorandum summarizing the facts and outcome of the social media cases over the past year.  Several of the cases included in the memorandum are discussed in earlier posts (NLRB OKs Employee Bad-Mouthing on Social Media, Update: The NLRB Seesaws On Social Media Bad-Mouthing).  The introduction … Continue Reading

Update: The NLRB Seesaws on Social Media Bad-Mouthing

In the middle of the NLRB’s campaign to protect employees from disciplinary action for posting complaints about their employers on social media (see earlier post, NLRB OKs Employee Bad-Mouthing on Social Media), the NLRB has said that not all complaints are protected, even job-related complaints.  The NLRB issued three memoranda in July stating that employers did not … Continue Reading
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