“All signs suggest that the number of social media-related employment disputes will continue to climb,” writes Seth L. Laver, a partner in Goldberg Segalla’s Labor and Employment Practice Group, in this article featured in the Philadelphia Business Journal’s January 13, 2012 “Employer Best Practices: Focus on Jobs” special report.
“Against this backdrop, employers must take appropriate precautionary steps. Don’t wait until you’re served with legal papers. Circulate and maintain an updated employee handbook that not only identifies the ground rules governing the workplace, but also addresses the new challenges presented by mobile technologies and social media.”
In this article, Seth outlines a number of key components for employers to include in their employee handbooks, practical tips on setting appropriate guidelines without overly restricting employees or stepping into their personal lives, and other considerations.