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Social Networking Tools and Resources: The Legal Principles and Emerging Issues for Employers

OnDemand Webinar (88 minutes)

Understand potential legal pitfalls of social networking in the workplace and how to implement policies to avoid them.Over 80% of the U.S. population has a social networking profile. And 70% of employers use social media sites to screen applicants or job candidates. We will cover the potential pitfalls for employers of conducting social media searches on current or potential employees and share what some companies have done to manage those pitfalls. 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, we will discuss several court opinions and examples of state laws regarding employee use of social media that have recently been issued or passed. This course will also provide 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.


Ambrose V. McCall, Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP


Overview of Types of Social Networking Tools and Resources, and the Legal Principles and Emerging Issues for Employers

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