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Employees Use 1930s Labor Law Today for Social Media Protection

ONLINE PRIVACY—U.S.

December 7, 2011

The Wall Street Journal reports that workers are now using a decades-old labor law to defend themselves from repercussions for making online comments about their employers. The National Labor Relations Act of 1935 grants private-sector employees certain rights to complain, and more than 100 employers have been accused in the last year of "improper activity related to social media practices or policies," the report states. Philip Gordon of Littler Mendelson, an employment and labor law firm, says that before disciplining employees, employers should ask themselves if the complaint pertains to wages, hours or working conditions--specifically protected by the law, and should focus their attention on comments that are truly damaging to the brand or the work environment. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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