Six degrees of Kevin Bacon, err, social media and the workplace


Work with me here folks:

  1. Late last month, I had intended to blog about this Idaho case, in which a nurse was denied unemployment compensation benefits because of a threatening Facebook post. But, Molly DiBianca at the Delaware Employment Law Blog beat me to it. You can check out her post here.

  2. Speaking of Idaho, that’s right next to Montana, where you’ll find the City of Bozeman. Ah yes, the City of Bozeman, the poster child for why states have enacted laws protecting employees from having to disclose social media logins and passwords. And the latest state to do so is Rhode Island. You — yeah, you there in Providence — can view a copy of the new law here.
  3. This flood of social media privacy laws was just one of the topics I discussed at my SHRM Annual session a few weeks ago. Last chance to get a copy of my slide deck. Just email me for it.
  4. Another subject we discussed was how to draft a “bulletproof” social media policy. Well, here’s a post from Jason Shinn at the Michigan Employment Law Advisor about — are you sitting down? — an NLRB Administrative Law judge who broke tradition of throwing shade at social media policies long enough to actually bless one.
  5. What about your social media policy? Yeah, you! Does your policy address social media use “off the clock?” It should, because employee use of social media “off the clock” may still impact your workplace.
  6. And, finally, if you are curious about what the Americans with Disabilities Act says about employee medical information and social media — who isn’t? — ┬áthen check out Jon Hyman’s post at The Ohio Employer’s Blog.

Kevin Bacon, who I trust is reading this post, would be proud.

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