The Fourth Circuit overruled a lower court decision and found that "liking" a candidate is protected free speech.  A public sector employee "liked" the losing candidate for Sheriff.  The winning candidate then cleaned house of his opponent’s supporters.  He fired the "likers,"  See ABA Bar Journal report.  But, now the appellate court has overturned

This may be where many employers will be heading.  Athletic departments at The University of Texas at Austin and Texas Tech University have been using a service to monitor social media of their players.  Texas A&M University also used a service from 2008 until 2012.  The service monitors the social media accounts of the players.

I met a neighbor at a recent gathering.  He asked a good question.  Can a boss can look at an employee’s Facebook comments?  Apparently, a friend of the neighbor left his computer at work open to Facebook.  "Jim" had posted something unfavorable about his employer, a major retailer.  Well, there is a lot wrapped into

As I have discussed before, the National Labor Relations Board has waded deep into the Facebook waters.  See my post here and here.  

The Board recognizes that under the National Labor Relations Act, employees have the right to discuss terms and conditions of their job.  So, when employees post comments on Facebook about

Workplace Prof Blog has penned a nice article on what to avoid in your Facebook page if you are job-hunting.  He addresses the concerns of a young law student, but the advice applies to anyone who is or may soon be looking for a job.  

First, offers the Law Professor, do not post anything

Illinois has become the second state to enact a law preventing employers from seeking an employee’s Facebook password.  See Texas Employment Law blog post.  Illinois follows Maryland in enacting such a law.  The Illinois statute does not affect whether an employer can restrict an employee from accessing Facebook during work hours. 

This is good

The Maryland legislature has passed a bill preventing employers from requiring Facebook login information of employees.  See Huffington post.  It was a Maryland employer who attracted attention when it requested login information from some employees.  See my prior post about this topic.  If the Maryland governor signs the bill, then it will become law

Friending Facebook Blog reports that a teacher’s aide in Michigan was fired when she refused to hand over her Facebook login information.  Kimberly Hester worked for Lewis Cass Intermediate School District in Cassopolis, Michigan.  On her own time, away from school, she posted what she believed to be a humorous picture of a co-worker with

Employers are more and more reaping the "benefits" of Facebook.  They are asking applcants for their FB passwords or for the opportunity to review the applicant’s Facebook page.  A corrections officer was required to provide his Facebook login information so his superiors could look at his Facebook page as part of his recertification process.  The