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Social Media Strikes Again

Here is another tale of social media posts and “likes” getting an employee into hot water.  Again, the culprit is Facebook.  In Grutzmacher, et al. v. Howard County, et al., No. 15-2066, (4th Cir. March 20, 2017), the plaintiffs were a former Howard County, Maryland, Battalion Chief with the Maryland Department of Fire and Rescue […]

Social Media Policy Violates NLRA, But Hold the Guacamole

Company restrictions of employee commentary on social media continue to be a problem in the eyes of the National Labor Relations Board.  In Chipotle Services, LLC, 362 N.L.R.B. No. 72 (August 18, 2016) the Board held that the company’s policy telling employees to be careful not to post “incomplete, confidential or inaccurate information” was an […]

More Woes for Chipotle: NLRB Judge Rules Employee Tweets Are Protected Activity

Continuing a trend that started several years ago, an NLRB Administrative Law Judge found that an employer violated the National Labor Relations Act by disciplining an employee for social media posts.  This time the guilty party was a Chipotle restaurant.  In Chipotle Services LLC, a disgruntled employee took to Twitter to vent his frustrations over […]

NLRB Strikes Down Employer’s “No-Button” Rule

Another day, another employer policy that violates employees’ Section 7 rights. In this case, Boch Imports, Inc. and International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers, case 01-CA-083551, the Board was asked to review an employer’s social media policy and prohibition against certain clothing and pins. Not surprisingly, the Board found these actions impermissibly restrained employees’ […]

The Facebook Frenzy Continues… “Liking” A Post Is Now Protected Activity Thanks To The NLRB

Once again, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is taking a stance against employers who use social media activity as a basis for employment decisions.  While the list of NLRB cases and General Counsel Memorandum on the subject of social media and protected concerted activity continues to grow, the latest decision really goes to an […]