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US labor board: Some limits on employee social media use are illegal

Grant Gross | June 7, 2012
It is illegal for U.S. employers to issue broad-based prohibitions of employee discussions about their workplaces on social media, according to a new memo from the acting general counsel of the U.S. National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

The NLRB is telling employers to be careful about how they restrict employee social media use, both during and away from work, Bendes said. Many U.S. companies don't have social media policies, but it's "only fair" to develop them to give employees guidance, he added.

"What [the NLRB is] really saying is, 'don't be ambiguous, don't speak in broad terms, don't require clearance for things that are already lawful,'" he said.


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