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An Appeal for Cooler Heads on NLRB’s Social Media Policy Enforcement

Several days ago, I read the New York Times article reporting that the NLRB’s Manhattan Regional Director was threatening to file a complaint against Thomson-Reuters for allegedly reprimanding an employee who had criticized management on Twitter. At the time, I flagged the article because I wanted to use it to highlight my — emphasis on the word, MY — views on the NLRB’s recent assault on social media policies: When it comes to social media, it is time for cooler heads to prevail, both at the NLRB and within the employer community.

So, what happened at Thomson-Reuters? According to the …

NLRB Issues Complaint In Facebook Firing Case

On November 2, 2010, the NLRB issued a press release reporting that its Hartford, Connecticut, regional office had issued a Complaint alleging that American Medical Response of Connecticut, Inc., (“AMR”) had published an overly broad blogging and Internet posting policy that violated employee Section 7 rights, and then illegally fired an employee for negative posts about a supervisor.

As described in the Complaint, the AMR policy prohibited employees from making disparaging remarks when discussing the company or supervisors and from depicting the company “in any way” over the Internet without company permission. Such provisions, according to the NLRB’s Complaint, constitute …