21 guidelines every social media policy needs

There aren’t many clear-cut laws about what employees can say online and how employers should react, but these guidelines can help keep both employees and executives happy.

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Kerry Gorgone wrote a blog post about whether you should friend your employees on social media.

I have a hard time with this for two reasons:

Right now, it’s probably OK (I say “probably” because my staff may tell you differently), but as we continue to grow, this may be something I need to keep in mind. It might not be OK to be friends with all of my employees on social media.

That’s why a social media policy is so important. Right now, our policy is pretty much “Don’t swear” and “Consider the optics.” But as we continue to add to our team, the policy will have to evolve.

The legal ramifications

Peter Fischer, an attorney at Stokes Roberts & Wagner, says it’s best to have a policy with a signature line where employees put their John Hancock.

In accordance with National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) laws, he recommends the following:

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