Company limits on worker Facebook, Twitter use called illegal

In an effort to control employees’ activities on Facebook and Twitter, some U.S. companies have instituted social media policies that run afoul of labor law and infringe on workers’ rights, according to a memo issued Wednesday by the general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board.

General Motors, one of the largest automakers in the world, has gone so far as to forbid employees from posting anything potentially “misleading” about the company online and even told employees to be careful about “friending” their co-workers on Facebook, the memo indicates.

Other companies, including DISH Network and Target, have also maintained corporate policies that at least partially violated provisions of the National Labor Relations Act, according to the memo. That federal law covers collective bargaining and employees’ “protected activities” in the workplace… Read more

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