Social Media in the Workplace: Practical & Legal Considerations in Drafting Social Media Policy


Social Media in the Workplace: Practical and Legal Considerations in Drafting a Social Media Policy

Summary: Consider this program a "must view" for all owners, administrators and human resource professionals in homecare. There is much more to social media than meets the eye...and this program provides the details.

HCSSA Topic(s) Addressed:

  • §558.259[d][4]agency responsibilities
  • §558.260[a][2]development and interpretation of agency policies

Faculty: Barron, David & Wilson, Charles

Unless you've had your head stuck in the sand, you've seen the impact social media has in the world today. From Hollywood to the office cubical, everyone is talking about social media. Whether you like it or not, many of your customers, employees, and business partners are spending large amounts of time on Facebook, Myspace, Twitter and other social media sites and are talking about your company, your employees, and the workplace. Many companies have not developed a comprehensive policy to address this dramatic (and likely enduring) change in how people communicate and interact. This program covers what every employer should consider in drafting an effective and realistic social media policy.

  • Are you responsible for what your employees say on Facebook?
  • Can you/should you limit employee participation on social media?
  • Is it ok for supervisors to "friend" their employees?
  • Is there any liability for management monitoring employee social media sites?
  • Is this an invasion of privacy?
  • Do you need to seek permission?
  • What are the legal issues under union, wage and hour, and other areas of employment law arising from the social media phenomenon?

Search the web and you will find many articles (like this one) warning businesses of the pitfalls of social media - for example; how easy you can be sued if using information gained through social media for a hiring decision. You will find answers to these questions plus many other informative and practical suggestions to help your company manage both the pitfalls and opportunities associated with social media in the workplace. This is a MUST VIEW for every agency owner, administrator and HR manager.

Program Goal: This program allows the viewer to understand the top ten issues affecting the use of social media in the workplace and how to develop appropriate operational policies to guide its use in the workplace.

About the Presenters: David Barron, JD joined the Cozen O’Connor Law Firm in 2011 from Epstein Becker Green Wickliff & Hall. He is a member in the Houston office, focusing his litigation practice on labor and employment law. David assists his clients with all their labor and employment needs including representing clients at trials involving wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, collective action overtime claims, and whistle-blower suits before a variety of state and federal courts. David has been board certified in Labor and Employment law since 2002. He has been named a Texas Super Lawyer Rising Star in Texas Monthly magazine since 2005.

Charles Wilson, JD is a member of the Cozen O’Connor’s Labor and Employment Practice Group in the firm's Houston office. He joined the firm in 2011 from Epstein Becker Green Wickliff & Hall. Charles, who is board certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, represents employers in complex litigation and trials arising from claims of wage and hour violations, employee raiding, race discrimination, racial profiling, retaliation (including whistle blowing), harassment and disability discrimination.

Education-Training Credits:

  • 1.5 Hr(s) HCSSA Administrator/Alternate

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