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Topic: NLRB

NLRB Acting General Counsel Identifies Social Media Cases as Major New Area of Litigation

Posted by Arnold Perl and Michael Tauer on October 28th, 2011

Social media activities are exploding, as is litigation involving employee conduct on these social media sites.

The National Labor Relations Board’s (“NLRB”) Acting General Counsel, Lafe Solomon, announced on October 20, 2011 that a major new area of litigation at the Board involves cases where employees contend they were unlawfully treated by their employer for their activity on social networks.

Topics: social media, labor, employment, NLRB, litigation, union, labor relations, Facebook, Twitter

Consequences for Slamming Your Boss on Facebook?

Posted by on March 4th, 2011

FACEBOOK AND EMPLOYEE PROTECTED SPEECH.

Is Facebook the new after work watering hole where fellow employees gather to share their work experiences and air grievances?  Maybe, but with one big difference – there’s a public record of what is discussed and a strong likelihood that what was posted will be disseminated and eventually read by a manager.

In October 2010, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) brought a first of its kind complaint against American Medical Response, a Connecticut ambulance service, claiming that the company violated federal labor law by firing an employee for making negative comments about her supervisor on Facebook. 

Topics: Facebook, labor, NLRB, employee protected speech