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Technology: Picketing Online - Has Protesting Become as Simple as Posting?

In early October, I wrote about the importance of having a corporate policy relating to social networking in the workplace. A recent case filed by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) affirms the need for such a policy, but also reveals how difficult it can be to formulate a defensible policy on social networking that strikes the right balance between protecting the company and protecting the rights of employees.

In late October, the NLRB sued American Medical Response, Inc. (AMR), a private company that provides medical transportation services, alleging that the company's policy with respect to social networking violates Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), which guarantees every employee the right to unionize and to engage in concerted activities for the purpose of, among other things, collective bargaining and other mutual protection.

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Matthew Ingber

Matthew Ingber is a litigation partner at Mayer Brown.

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