Social Media Law Roundup – Nov. 4-15, 2010

November 15, 2010

A groundbreaking legal case was the big news for social media law this past week. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled that it is generally OK for employees to criticize or question their bosses on social networking sites. This ruling has prompted many questions from the blogosphere this week, and our roundup will focus on these discussions, including:

  • What legal issues should be addressed in an organization’s social media policy?
  • How can law firms stay up-to-date with emerging social media laws and cases?
  • What are the essential terms and basics that one needs to know to get familiar with social media?

From The New York Times

Groundbreaking social media case: NLRB argues that companies can’t fire employees for Facebook comments

  • Groundbreaking on so many levels: The National Labor Relations Board has ruled that a company illegally fired an employee after she criticized her supervisor on a Facebook page.

From Law Practice Management

Does Your Social Media Policy Violate the NLRA?

  • These are confusing times, and your firm absolutely must have a social media policy. To do nothing is probably the worst approach you can take. This post brings to light the basic issues that a firm’s policy should address, including use of firm’s resources to illegally copy software, view pornography, or engage in some form of defamation or slander.

From Bard Marketing

Social Media vocabulary list for lawyers

  • Attorneys and law firms should embrace these new technologies and learn how they can help develop their business and client relationships. It all starts with this basic guide of common terms that everyone should get to know.

From ALM

Attorneys should make time for social media

  • Social media can open your eyes to untapped sources of information and relationships that would have been impossible to build otherwise. Hear from lawyers who find value by engaging in dialog online with Facebook, Twitter and blogs rather than watching TV.