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.