Social media has come to play an important role for employees airing workplace grievances. As a result, employers have had to develop policies that restrict inappropriate speech while not violating their employees’ rights. In just the past few months, the US National Labor Relations Board (the “NLRB”) has addressed numerous claims made by employees who were terminated for postings they made on Facebook and other social media sites. A review of these cases, and the policy assertions by the NLRB, can be helpful to employers seeking to develop or refine their policies.
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