Social Media: Whose Rights Are Protected?

622 WordsFeb 22, 20182 Pages
Social Media: Whose rights are protected? With the evolution of technology, social media sites are growing in popularity. From Myspace to Facebook and Twitter to Linkedin, social media has become part of everyday life for most people. Statistics show that ninety eight percent of adults age eighteen to twenty four use social media in some form (Brain). This age group is entering the workforce and it is important they know their rights regarding their personal social media accounts and how the information found can be used by their employer. It is also important that they know what rights the employer has in protecting itself from social media used by its employees. For employees, they are protected under the National Labor Relations Act of 1935. The Act was enacted by Congress “to protect the rights of employees and employers, to encourage collective bargaining, and to curtail certain private sector labor and management practices, which can harm the general welfare of workers, businesses and the U.S. economy (Board).” The Act ensures that employees are able to assemble and discuss wages, working conditions and other job related conditions without repercussions from their employer. With this workplace environment ever changing, the so called “water cooler” where employees could discuss things going on in the workplace, has now moved to social media. A Facebook posting discussing working conditions or problems with management in which other employees comment on is protected
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