Topic: social media policies

Business Owners: What Keeps You Up at Night? [Poll]

Which legal issues give you the biggest headaches? While you’re thinking about your response, here are a handful of recent legal updates on these very topics: Business Formation: Key Tips for Developing Business Plans for Entrepreneurs, Investors & Business Owners – Scott Legal Services, P.C. California’s New LLC Act Adds Confusion and Effects Little Change… Read more »

What Goes Into a Social Media Policy? 5 Essentials

Social media policies are essential to every workplace manual. But what to include in your policy (which we bet you haven’t written yet)? Five recommendations from lawyers who know what they’re talking about: 1. Establish “ownership” of work-related social media accounts: “…these cases illustrate the importance of creating clear policies regarding the treatment of business-related… Read more »

Court Rules Against Obama: Is Your Company’s Social Media Policy Now Totally Invalid?

In late January, a DC circuit court ruled that President Obama’s “recess” appointments to the National Labor Relations Board didn’t actually happen during a recess, and were therefore invalid. The ruling has huge implications for many workplace issues. In early analysis, attorney Peter Felsenfeld of law firm Barger & Wolen reminds us that it will… Read more »

Social Media in the Workplace: What’s Your Company’s Policy?

Employee social media use – on and off company time – can create havoc for unwary employers. What to do about it? A good first step: watch these two videos on social media policies and procedures in the workplace. The first features labor attorney Eric Kinder (Spilman Thomas & Battle), who looks at some of… Read more »

NLRB Issues First Social Media Decision (And It Looks Very Familiar)

Earlier this month, the National Labor Relations Board rejected Costco’s social media policy, which prohibited employees from posting statements that “damage the Company … or damage any person’s reputation.” Denise Keyser and Mary Cate Gordon of law firm Ballard Spahr explain: “The Board found the policy overly broad, concluding that it reasonably could be interpreted… Read more »

NLRB Issues Latest Round of Social Media Advice

(And this time, it doesn’t look good for employers.) On May 30, 2012, Lafe Solomon, Acting General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board, issued his third report on social media in the workplace. The memorandum focuses exclusively on employer social media policies, analyzing seven such policies in detail for potential NLRB rule violations. Contributor… Read more »

Your Business Needs a Social Media Policy: Here’s Why (and How)

“Businesses usually have their social media being managed by employees, independent contractors, or outside ‘experts’. The key to success with social media is to have many ‘connections’ with others and develop relationships with them. But, who really owns those connections and relationships? This is a question that has been brought to the forefront because of… Read more »

Doc of the Day: Facebook’s Settlement with the FTC is a Wake Up Call for Businesses

Let that be a lesson to you… Sheppard Mullin’s analysis of the Federal Trade Commission’s recent settlement with Facebook (and those with Google and ScanScout) provides a valuable reminder that the FTC is looking closely at privacy policies, and punishing companies that don’t practice what they preach: “The Federal Trade Commission (‘FTC’) is working hard… Read more »

Doing Business Online? 5 Ways to Reduce Legal Risks

“Any online operation should periodically assess its legal exposure to better calibrate its contractual, technological, insurance, compliance and other liability minimizing measures.” (From Limiting Legal Exposure for Online Platforms with a Preliminary Legal Audit by Wahab & Medenica LLC)  Whether you’re selling silk pyjamas, second-hand books, or software, it’s likely that your business has a… Read more »

Social Media Policies: Is Your Procrastination Putting Your Company at Risk?

“As we know, the (communication) revolution will be more than ‘televised’ because it is posted, liked, blogged, tweeted and linked, anytime, anywhere.” (Social Media and the Workplace: Virtual Worlds and Legal Realities in 2011 by Luce Forward) Think your employees aren’t on Twitter (or Facebook, LinkedIn, or any of the countless other social media and networking platforms)?… Read more »

Social Media in the Workplace: A Legal Update

For your reference, here’s a reading list of the most recent articles on JD Supra to help you stay abreast of the myriad legal considerations raised by social media in the workplace. (See archives of previous reading lists at bottom of post.) » – Social Media Use Policies – Fact Versus Fiction (by Miller & Martin… Read more »