It may seem like common sense to have policies in place seeking to limit the types of things your employees can say about your company on social media. Nobody wants employees running down the company or possibly revealing competitive secrets in a public forum. For this reason, many companies have put policies in place that discourage disclosing confidential information pertaining to the company or its employees on Facebook, Twitter or other social media.
However, you need to be extremely careful when crafting your company’s policy on this issue. In a recent memo, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has clarified its view that such restrictions are often unlawful.
How? By limiting the right to discuss wages and working conditions with coworkers and third parties, as specifically protected by Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA).
If you are grappling with how to address your employees’ use of social media, it’s important to strike the right balance. Contact us for more information or assistance.