Law & Ethics Training for HR Professionals and Company Employees
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Don’t make workplace social networking policies vague, overly broad
Good article by Boise State professor:
Based on recent court rulings from the National Labor Relations Board and comments from its General Counsel, union and non-union employees should not be prohibited from discussing or complaining about their working conditions with co-workers. The National Labor Relations Act allows employees to have “concerted activity” in such discussions. It is sort of like a discussion in front of a virtual water cooler. Criticizing managers is protected speech.
But there are cases where the speech can cross the line. In one of the 14 comments, Fred posted: “Hey, I just found out that stupid rat Carl’s password to his email — it is ‘golf$&player’. Time to embarrass the daylights out of him.”