Ullrich and Darden Speak on Social Media Legal Issues
Tom Ullrich and Lauren Darden discussed social media issues for employers at a recent Shenandoah Valley Society for Human Resource Management chapter meeting. The presentation addressed the vexing legal issues and circumstances encountered by employers when faced with demeaning, disparaging (even false) comments made by current and former employees on social media sites. The presentation used interactive technology to facilitate audience participation and discussion of the issues, using hypothetical cases based on real scenarios. Topics covered included: (1) the NLRB’s aggressive application of the NLRA’s prohibition on interference with protected, concerted activity by employees (even in non-union settings) to company social media policies; (2) options available to employers when informed of harmful or inappropriate social media posts; and (3) use of social media posts for purposes of hiring, disciplining or firing employees.