Social media is unregulated: Anyone can post anything at any time, and no regulatory agency can stop them. Only the social media companies themselves can control what’s posted, and even then, all they can do is remove a post after it’s public and the damage is done.
Michael Shadiack, an attorney with the law firm Connell Foley, explained that employers should include employees’ social media activity in their handbook’s code of conduct, and make clear the code of conduct applies to employees even when they are not at work.
“These are the policies that you can utilize if you need to discipline the employee for engaging in inappropriate social media behavior,” he said recently at NJBIA’s virtual program Social Media Use, Misuse and Abuse program.
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