Free Speech and the Workplace: Social Media, Political Discussions, Hate Speech and Legal Off-Duty Activities

Duration: 60 Minutes
Are employers allowed to monitor employee social media? When does firing an employee for their postings regarding politics, working conditions and other issues cross the line? What if an employee posts something that indicates they have a propensity to discriminate against coworkers? Oops - I looked at an employee's Facebook page and discovered they have a disability (or are pregnant, or some other protected category) - now what? These are questions many employers face in this age of Twitter, Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram and other social media. This webinar addresses the legal issues involving employee speech in and outside of the workplace, and the legal ramifications for employers if they fire or discipline employees based on their speech. You'll learn how an employee-side employment lawyer looks at and evaluates these issues.
Employee social media
Instructor: Donna M. Ballman
Product ID: 506556
Objectives of the Presentation
  • Laws On Checking/Making Employment Decisions Based On Employee Social Media
  • Social Media Posts - When Can You Fire and When Are They Protected?
  • Company Social Media Policies And the NLRA
  • Laws Protecting Employee Off-Duty Activities
  • Laws Protecting Employee Political Activities
  • Employer's risks with using social networking sites for employment decisions
  • Best practices and policies to minimize employer's risks
  • Some Legal Ways Employers Spy
  • Signs Your Employer Is Spying On You
Why Should you Attend
This webinar is a must-attend for HR people and managers trying to avoid lawsuits and for employees who think their employer may have violated the law. Plus, it's a chance to get the perspective of an employee-side employment lawyer and find out how they evaluate potential cases.

Who will Benefit
  • HR people
  • Managers
  • Business owners
  • Employees and executives who think their employer might have broken the law
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Instructor Profile:
Donna Ballman has been practicing employee-side employment law, including negotiating severance agreements and litigating discrimination, sexual harassment, noncompete agreements, and employment law issues in Florida since 1986. Donna's book, "Stand Up For Yourself Without Getting Fired: Resolve Workplace Crises Before You Quit, Get Axed or Sue the Bastards," was named the Winner of the Law Category of the 2012 USA Best Books Awards and is currently available for purchase. She is also the award-winning author of "The Writer's Guide to the Courtroom: Let's Quill All the Lawyers," a book geared toward informing novelists and screenwriters about the ins and outs of the civil justice system. Her blog on employee-side employment law issues, "Screw You Guys, I'm Going Home," was named one of the American Bar Association's "ABA Blawg 100" best legal blogs for the past 6 years (and is the only employee-side blog honored by the ABA) and the 2011 Lexis/Nexis Top 25 Labor and Employment Law Blogs. Paralegal411 rated her blog #4 in the Top 25 Employment Law Blogs for 2013.

She has also written for AOL Jobs, Huffington Post, Forbes, Monster.com, AARP, Next Avenue and many others on employment law issues. She has taught continuing legal education classes for lawyers and accountants through organizations such as the American Bar Association, National Employment Lawyers Association, Sterling Education Services, Lorman Education Services, Alison Seminars, the Florida Association for Women Lawyers, National Business Institute and community organizations. Ms. Ballman has published articles on employment law topics such as severance, non-compete agreements, discrimination, sexual harassment, and avoiding litigation. She's been interviewed by MSNBC, NPR, Forbes, the Wall Street Journal, Lifetime Television Network, the Daily Business Review, and many other media outlets on employment law issues.
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