NLRB Says Employers Can’t Discipline Employees for Social Posts

According to the National Labor Relations Board, companies can not discipline workers who post criticisms on social-networking sites.

The New York Times reports that the National Labor Relations Board agreed Monday to settle a case with a company that fired an employee after she posted disparaging remarks about a supervisor on her Facebook page from a home computer.

While her employer, American Medical Response, claimed that her statements did not qualify as protected activity, the National Labor Relations Board — for the first time — asserted that companies can not discipline workers who post criticisms on social-networking sites.

According to the NLRB, this employer will:

  • revise its “overly broad rules” to ensure that they do not improperly restrict employees from discussing wages, hours and working conditions with co-workers and others while not at work, and
  • they will not discipline or discharge employees for engaging in such discussions.

This clarification by the NLRB will require a lot of companies to change their social media policies right away.

One Response to NLRB Says Employers Can’t Discipline Employees for Social Posts

  1. Medical Transcription Jobs September 14, 2011 at 9:07 pm #

    As long as they do it in their own time there shouldn`t be a problem doing it.