Leveraging Social Media Policies: Mitigating NLRB Enforcement Actions in 2016
Since 2010 the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has been getting a surge of complaints related to employer social media policies and to several specific instances of work-related communications made on social media, such as in Twitter and in Facebook. With the worldwide influence of social media, an employee can publicize his employment displeasures to a wider audience. Employers begin to feel indefensible. More than ever, employers have been instituting social media policies that they believe would protect their company’s best interests from the communications of employees.
However, for an employer with a policy currently established, it is prohibited to control and review what the employees can say and cannot say about the company. Violating such prohibitions can be considered as a noncompliance with the rules and regulations of NLRB’s National Labor Relations Act. The Act that extensively protects the right of employees, with or without a union, to collectively act and address conditions at work and protects certain work-related communications made through social media.
In this two-hour LIVE Webcast, a panel of key thought leaders and practitioners assembled by The Knowledge Group will offer an extensive overview of the issues involving social media policies, discuss best compliance practices, and provide the most effective legal ways to mitigate NLRB enforcement actions. The panel will also cover common business applications of social networking sites, employee use of social media at work, and potential risks of social media in the workplace.
Key topics include:
- Defining Media and Social Media
- Policy Development
- NLRB Provisions and Obligations
- Best Practices for Drafting Agreements and Handbooks
- Possible Remedies and Sanctions for a Violation
- Social Media in the Workplace
- Role of Human Resources
- Policy Development
- Recent Decisions
- Up-to-the-minute Regulatory Developments
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- Explosion of Social Media in the Workplace Today
- History of NLRB’s Involvement with Social Media issues
- Real World Examples: Handbooks and Policies found unlawful by the NLRB
- The NLRB Process: From Charge to Administrative Trial
- Beyond the NRLB: Legal and Business Risks of Employee Social Media
- Social Media Policies: Do’s and Don’ts
- Legal Guidelines for Companies When Dealing With Social Media
- Conclusions and Recommendations
Who Should Attend:
- Employment Law Attorneys
- Human Resources Executives & Managers
- Business Owners
- In-house Counsel
- Risk and Compliance Officers
- Managers who oversee employees utilizing social media
- Other Related/Interested Professionals
Jacqueline Beaumont is a shareholder at Call & Jensen, a California-based litigation boutique. She has broad expertise in all areas of employment law and advising, including drafting and implementing workplace policies, guiding employee investigations and terminations, overseeing reductions in force, and negotiating executive agreements. She is well-versed in the business realities and practical daily needs of her clients, having worked in the in-house employment law department of a large public company. She also maintains an active litigation practice which includes class action wage and hour disputes, wrongful termination allegations, and discrimination claims under Title VII and California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act. If you have any questions about social media issues, employment lawsuits, or other best or next practices in employment law, please contact her at 949-717-3000 or email@example.com.
Jacqueline Beaumont is a shareholder at Call & Jensen, a California-based litigation boutique. She has broad expertise in all areas …
Dean Schaner is a Houston litigation attorney who has practiced employment and labor law for more than 27 years. He represents employers in all aspects of unfair competition, discrimination, retaliation, whistleblower, Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), wrongful termination, and tort and contract claims arising out of employment relationships. Mr. Schaner has tried a wide variety of cases in both federal and state courts, including the successful defense of an energy company in a class action case in which plaintiffs sought $30 million in damages. He also advises clients on the risks and implications social media may have in the labor and employment arena.
Dean Schaner is a Houston litigation attorney who has practiced employment and labor law for more than 27 years. He …
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