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Managing social media policies in the workplace

11:14 PM, Feb 4, 2013   |    comments
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ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - Facebook and Twitter have become a central part of workplace conversation.

Companies would like to control that online conversation by employees, but federal regulators are saying not so fast.

The social media policies of companies can be complex and confusing, so the National Labor Relations Board has made several rulings to clarify what employees can say online about their employer.

Sometimes employers reprimand or even fire employees for social media posts.

Complicating the issue is that some of the laws being applied to companies' social media policies were created in 1935.

"That's when you get some very gray areas for employees and employers," said Bryan Kaemmerer, a labor and employment attorney. "You've got a relatively antiquated set of rules on the books and now you're trying to apply these rules to this new technology."

Kaemmerer says employers should consult legal counsel before firing employees for violating social media policy.


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