CLIENT ALERT / Social Media in the Workplace Print

One of the areas that we are frequently asked about is social media in the workplace.  Many employers are just now grappling with the realities of a workplace inundated with Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, LinkedIn and other social media.  While these sites have some value to your place of business (particularly business-centered sites like LinkedIn), in many instances these sites serve as a diversion from the work day and a drain on your Company’s resources.  

Employers are left to wonder if they can stop the use of these social media sites during work hours, if they can discipline for inappropriate use of these social media sites outside of work hours, if they can monitor an employee’s accessing of social media sites, and if they can use the social media sites as part of the employee background check.  

The answer to all of these questions, surprisingly enough, is YES.  
•    Employers can limit or prohibit social media sites during work hours.
•    Employers can discipline employees for inappropriate use of social media sites outside work hours.
•    Employers can monitor an employee’s computer access at work.
•    Employers can add social media sites to the list of areas explored during a background check.

All of these, of course, should not be used in a fashion that would impact protected class status.  For example, if your monitoring of sites uncovers that an employee accesses a site for a certain religion, and you are opposed to the tenets of that religion, such information should not be used as the basis for an adverse employment decision, as it could lead to a discrimination charge on the basis of religion.

If you would like to discuss any of the above, or would like to put in place a social media policy for your Company, please feel free to contact any Taylor, McCormack & Frame attorney.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact any of the attorneys at TMF to discuss this or any other legal matter.

 

Normal 0 false false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact

any of the attorneys at TMF to discuss this or any other legal matter.

 
© 2017 TMFAttorneys.com
Joomla! is Free Software released under the GNU General Public License.