Think Your Company’s Social Media Policy Protects Your Private Information? NLRB Says Think Again!

More of PRofessional Solutions’ clients are crafting social media policies for their employees, but the SocietyImage for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is warning that many of the common clauses companies use violate the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) according to a report issued by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

The NLRB took issue recently with the policy of a retailer that prohibited employees using social media from releasing confidential guest, team member and company information.   The NLRB claimed that this phrase “would reasonably be interpreted as prohibiting employees from discussing and disclosing information regarding their own conditions of employment, as well as the conditions of employment of employees other than themselves—activities that are clearly protected by Section 7.”

How can organizations struggling to balance their security and proprietary interests with attempts to allow employee use of social media provide appropriate guidelines and limits without offending NLRB rules?  Read about one policy that the NLRB approved in the SHRM article.  And please share your experiences with company social media policies with PRofessional Solutions and its followers!

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About Kate Perrin

Kate Perrin is CEO of PRofessional Solutions, LLC, the Washington, DC area's only public relations temporary staffing firm. PRofessional Solutions, founded in 1994, was named one of the 25 largest staffing agencies in the metropolitan area in 2015 by the Washington Business Journal. It's also proud sponsor of Washington Women in Public Relations and the Public Relations Society of America's National Capital Chapter.
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