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Friday Podcast: “Round Table Discussion on HR and Social Media – Part 1”

Posted in NLRA, Social Media, Unfair Labor Practices
Regular readers of the blog are familiar with the intensity with which the National Labor Relations Board has recently pursued complaints against employers arising out of employee use of social media.  I recently had the opportunity to contribute a chapter on this topic to an upcoming Thompson publication, HR and Social Media: Practical and Legal… Continue Reading

NLRB Social Media Complaints Coming Daily? Another “Facebook Firing” Case Out of Chicago

Posted in NLRA, NLRB Decisions, Social Media, Unfair Labor Practices
Two days after issuance of the complaint in Hispanics United of Buffalo, Case No. 3-CA-27872, the National Labor Relations Board issued another complaint against a company for a termination arising out of employee use of social media.  In Karl Knauz Motors, Inc., Case No. 13-CA-46452, the Board alleges that a car dealer unlawfully fired a salesperson for… Continue Reading

NLRB Issues Another Complaint Against An Employer For Facebook-Related Terminations

Posted in NLRB Decisions, Social Media, Unfair Labor Practices
The National Labor Relations Board has issued another complaint arising out of employee discipline for use of social media. The Board published a press release this evening announcing that a complaint was issued May 9, 2011 by the Regional Director in Buffalo, New York against Hispanics United of Buffalo, a nonprofit organization.  The complaint alleges that the employer unlawfully discharged five employees… Continue Reading

NLRB Division of Advice Recommends Dismissal of Twitter Termination Charge in Arizona

Posted in NLRB Decisions, Social Media, Unfair Labor Practices
On April 21, 2011,the Division of Advice issued an Advice Memorandum recommending dismissal of a charge alleging that a newspaper reporter was unlawfully terminated for Twitter posts – some of which involved his employer. In Lee Enterprises, Inc., Case No.28-CA-23267, the employer, the Arizona Daily Star newspaper, had no written social media policy. During 2010,… Continue Reading

More Recap of “Facebook Firing” Case

Posted in Media Round-Up, NLRA, NLRB Decisions, Social Media, Unfair Labor Practices
Our take on the American Medical Response, Inc. settlement, which continues to attract attention, should be no surprise to regular readers of this blog.  I spoke a bit last week to Business Insurance (subscription required) about some "take-aways": "Though there was no decision in this case, I think employers need to recognize that the NLRB-issued complaint shows a change,”… Continue Reading

NLRB Regional Director Discusses “Facebook Firing” Case With Morning Show

Posted in NLRA, NLRB Misc., Social Media, Unfair Labor Practices
Further proof that all things "Facebook" capture the public’s attention nowadays, the Regional Director for Region 34 of the National Labor Relations Board appeared on a rock radio station’s morning program today to discuss the Board’s settlement of the American Medical Response case.  Monday night, Regional Director Jonathan Kreisberg approved the case settlement which included… Continue Reading

NLRB, Parties Settle “Facebook Firing” Case

Posted in NLRA, NLRB Decisions, Social Media, Unfair Labor Practices
On the eve of trial, the National Labor Relations Board tonight announced a settlement in American Medical Response of Connecticut, Inc., 34-CA-12576 — a/k/a/ the "Facebook firing" case.  The hearing in the case was postponed once before and scheduled to begin tomorrow, but per the Board’s press release, the parties have resolved the matter: Under… Continue Reading

MLA Media Round-Up: American Medical Response Case

Posted in Media Round-Up, NLRB Decisions, Social Media, Unfair Labor Practices
We’ve received a lot of requests to discuss the NLRB’s issuance of a Complaint in the American Medical Response case.   Gathered here are a number of the media reports in which we’ve been quoted following the October 27, 2010 issuance of Complaint. In "Chilling Worker Speech on Facebook," in Human Resource Executive magazine, writer Tom… Continue Reading

More On American Medical Response — a/k/a The “Facebook Firing” Case

Posted in NLRB Decisions, Social Media, Unfair Labor Practices
There has been significant reporting of Region 34’s issuance of Complaint in the American Medical Response of Connecticut, Inc. case since our post last week.  We thought it might be helpful to compile some of the information and resources here.  I previously posted a copy of the Complaint in this case, and my September article in the… Continue Reading

NLRB Regional Office Issues Complaint Against Employer Who Fired Employee For Facebook Postings

Posted in NLRB Decisions, Social Media
In a September 28, 2010 article in the National Law Journal entitled “Labor disputes arising out of social media,” I suggested that Chairman Liebman’s NLRB was likely to revisit the standards for determining the proper scope of an employer’s social media policy.  On October 27, 2010, Region 34 issued Complaint in a case which may… Continue Reading

Traditional Labor Law Issues Arising Out of Use of Social Media

Posted in Bush Board Reversal, Media Round-Up, NLRA, Social Media, Unfair Labor Practices
Today’s National Law Journal carries a piece by yours truly regarding the potential labor law implications of the growth of social media use in the workplace.  Many astute observers have written on the intersection of social media with employment and privacy law.  Today’s NLJ piece focuses on traditional labor law principles: As the dramatic growth of social media continues… Continue Reading

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