Social Media and Employee Discipline

Employers need to be aware of how social media can intersect with the day-to-day management and discipline of employees.

Employees often talk shop during and after work hours. In the past, a typical example was employees gathered around the water cooler and complaining about their supervisor. Now, that water cooler conversation might take place on Facebook, Twitter or some other social media outlet. This can create problems for an employer, especially if an employee discloses a trade secret or identifies himself/herself as an employee of your company when posting a potentially controversial statement. This may also cause problems if an employee uses social media to harass another employee.

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