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Social Networking in the Workplace: Legal Principles, State-of-the-Art Policies and Emerging Issues

Understand potential legal pitfalls of social networking in the workplace, and how to implement policies to avoid them.

From 2008 through 2017, the percentage of the U.S. population that has a social networking profile has increased from 24% to over 80%. [www.statista.com/statistics/273476/percentage-of-us-population-with-a-social-network-profile/]. During the same timeframe, the percentage of employers who use social media sites to screen applicants or job candidates has increased to 70%. [Harris Poll conducted on behalf of CareerBuilder][Business News Daily, Keep it Clean: Social Media Screenings Gain in Popularity, by Saige Driver, April 3, 2018]. In order for employers to better know the risks they may run when conducting social media searches of current or potential employees, this topic covers the potential pitfalls and what some companies have done to manage them. Such strategies include using measured steps when responding to employee social media activities and posts that may or may not be protected by certain federal and state laws. In addition, this topic covers several court opinions and examples of state laws regarding employee use of social media that have recently been issued or passed. This information also provides a broad look into what issues arise from social networking at the workplace, and strategies to manage such activities within legal parameters by using specific policy and application examples.

Runtime: 94 minutes
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Agenda

Overview of Types of Social Networking Tools and Resources

Overview of Laws Impacting Social Networking and Its Effects in the Workplace

  • First Amendment
  • National Labor Relations Act
  • State Off-Duty Conduct Statutes
  • Whistle-Blower Statutes
  • Anti-Discrimination and Harassment Statutes
  • New Privacy and State Law Concerns

Dimensions of Social Networking

  • Understanding the Personal and Social Dimensions
  • Globalization and the New Social Media Impact
  • Creativity, Innovation and Beyond

Developing State-Of-The-Art Policies on Social Networking

  • Process Considerations in Developing the Polices
  • Critical Features of the Policies
  • A Model State-Of-The-Art Policy
  • Policy Implementation Considerations
  • Policy Re-Evaluation and Revision
    • Following the Strategy Formulation and Strategy Implementation Processes

Application of Legal Framework to Specific Fact Patterns in the Social Networking Context

Summary and the Ever-Evolving Dimensions of Social Networking

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This course was last revised on June 6, 2018.

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Ambrose V. McCall

Ambrose V. McCall

Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP

  • Partner of Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, Peoria, Illinois
  • Represents a number of employers regarding employer monitoring and privacy issues and related claims by employees before courts and governmental agencies
  • Advises clients on a range of employment issues, including state and federal regulatory, compliance, handbooks, and employee programs
  • Represents a number of clients in commercial litigation including breach of contract, real estate, and construction claims
  • Defends clients against claims of employment discrimination, retaliation, wrongful discharge, wage and hour, and civil rights
  • Clients include a wide variety of insurers, professionals, and business firms throughout Illinois
  • J.D. degree, Case Western Reserve University School of Law
  • Can be contacted at [email protected]
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Product ID: 402073
Published 2018
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