A National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) judge just issued a notable decision in Chipotle Services LLC for employers grappling with social media invading the workplace.
A recent survey by the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) estimates that only 40 percent of employers surveyed have adopted a social media policy. Yet the social media websites of Facebook, MySpace, YouTube, and Twitter are four of the five most universally blocked websites. Considerable thought and care must be given to adopting a broadly inclusive computer and social media policy.
In late December, Gov. Snyder signed into law the "Internet Privacy Protection Act," HB 5523 (Rep. Nesbitt), which made Michigan the fourth state to prohibit employers from accessing passwords to the personal internet accounts of employees and job applicants, including personal email, Facebook and Twitter.