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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Feds tell bosses: You can't limit employees' online speech as much as you'd like to

NY Times reports: "Federal regulators are ordering employers to scale back policies that limit what workers can say online. Don’t discuss company matters publicly, a typical social media policy will say, and don’t disparage managers, co-workers or the company itself. Violations can be a firing offense. But in a series of recent rulings and advisories, labor regulators have declared many such blanket restrictions illegal."

Here's the item, from the paper's excellent Bits Blog.

As I noted in a recent column, there is a proposed bill in NH that would prevent employers from demanding our Facebook or other social-media passwords.