Employment Law

Social Media: Making Good HR Policies and Managing Legal Risks

Presented by Allison West
Recorded On: Thursday, November 08, 2012
Duration: 90 minutes
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Like it or not, many of your employees likely are accessing Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other social media sites on and off the clock. Telling them not to may be impractical. But improperly managing the associated risks can put your business in jeopardy.

This unique webinar will explore the many issues emerging from the explosive popularity of social media:

  • Where do you draw the line on when and how much an employee can engage with social media?
  • What should your social media policy include or avoid? The answers may shock you.
  • Your employees are blogging, tweeting and networking — on your behalf as well as their own. Who owns the followers?
  • Is it lawful for a recruiter, HR, or a supervisor to peruse the Facebook or Twitter pages of an employee or potential hire?
  • What are the privacy ramifications of social media on the workplace?
  • Is it possible to control employees’ use of social media without violating the National Labor Relations Act or other employment and civil rights laws?

In this 90-minute interactive webinar you’ll learn about the risks and benefits of allowing employees access to social media sites, practical solutions concerning regulation of social media access in the workplace and what you need to do to update your policies.  And, you’ll have the opportunity to have your social media questions answered during the live Q&A portion of the webinar.
You’ll Learn:

  • Now that the NLRB has issued its first social media decision, how does it impact your workplace?  
  • What changes should employers make to current policies to reflect social media?
  • How should policies be integrated into an employee handbook?
  • What are the legal risks of allowing employees to use social media sites?
  • What do you do if employees begin accessing social media sites through their personal smart phones at work?
  • How do discrimination laws and rules apply to off-site use of social media?

Who Should Attend:

  • Human Resources Professionals
  • Hiring Managers
  • In-House Labor and Employment Counsel
  • Business Managers and Supervisors
  • Employment Law Attorneys
  • College/Employment Placement Officers
Allison West Allison West
The founder of Employment Practices Specialists, Allison West uses her employment law background and a Senior Professional in Human Resources certification to help companies resolve — and prevent — employment claims. As a litigator, she was responsible for handling federal and state claims, wrongful discharge and work-related tort claims; developing employee handbooks, policies and procedures; and counseling clients concerning all facets of employment practices.

Today, she focuses on conducting workplace investigations, delivering one-on-one sensitivity training on sexual harassment, discrimination, and diversity awareness issues, coaching managers and employees with disciplinary and/or behavioral problems, providing expert witness and litigation assistance, and consulting with HR departments on administrative agency charges and employee handbooks, policies and procedures, and 24/7 employee complaint hotlines.

Ms. West is a sought-after trainer known for her dynamic and interactive speaking style. She is also a frequent speaker at local and national events such as the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) Annual Conference & Exposition where she was ranked as one of the top ten highest rated speakers at the 2012 conference. She also speaks at the HR Star Conferences in Los Angeles and San Francisco where she has been the only presenter to receive perfect evaluation scores, and the Northern California Human Resources Association HR West Annual Conference where she is consistently ranked a top-rated presenter.