Update: Facebook’s role in the modern workplace

In October, we told you about the story of  Dawnmarie Souza,  an emergency medical technician fired for complaints about work that she wrote on Facebook. At the time, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) filed a complaint against Dawnmarie’s employer, American Medical Response of Connecticut, asserting that it interfered with protected activity.

On Monday, American Medical settled with the NLRB shortly before an admistrative law judge was to hear the case. The company agreed to correct its admittedly “overly broad” rules to ensure that workers’ right to concerted activity was protected – on and offline.

Practitioners and observers alike were closely monitoring this case to see how the NLRB would apply a seventy-six year old law to the modern workplace. And while the Board ultimately didn’t get the opportunity to hear this particular case, the accepted settlement conditions are telling. As social networking expands through society, including into the workplace, workers still hold a fundamental right to join together and have a voice on the job. That’s something to “Like.”

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