In an article published by Columbus CEO on Jan. 26, 2017, Aaron Glasgow provides insight on the legal boundaries that exist for employers when dealing with employees’ social media use outside of work. Due to the widespread use of social media, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has ruled that employers cannot discipline employees for using social media to communicate with others about employment conditions or criticism of management. “Undoubtedly, the use of social media has and will continue to create challenges for employers attempting to balance the interests of the employer-company with the rights of employees to engage in protected activities,” Glasgow said. Glasgow recommends that employers have social media policies that clearly describe which types of work-related posts are protected by law and by seeking counsel when considering employee discipline due to social media activities.
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