Articles tagged 'Social Media'

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

Oregon Social Media Workplace Law: Just a Solution in Search of a Problem

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By Eric B. Meyer

Forcing job applicants to disclose social media logins and passwords as a condition of employment is so 2013 — kinda like this crappy blog.

So, the State of Oregon is this close to becoming the first state to expand its social media workplace privacy law to forbid employers from requiring their employees or job applicants to have personal social media accounts as a condition of employment.

You can read a copy of the bill here. Read more…

HR Management, Legal Issues

Will You Be Forced to Pay Overtime For Employee Smartphone Use?

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By Eric B. Meyer

“Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. Three times is enemy action.

(I’m pretty sure that was from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off)

This week, in The Wall Street Journal, I read Lauren Weber’s article Can You Sue the Boss for Making You Answer Late-Night Email? And the answer is yes, provided that you are a non-exempt employee under the Fair Labor Standards Act and the time you spend answering that email is more than a few minutes a week. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Recruiting and Staffing

Survey: Hiring Managers Doing More Candidate Trolling on Social Media

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By Eric B. Meyer

I read different surveys about social media and hiring and the numbers vary greatly.

For every survey that indicates that employers are not using social media to vet candidates, you get the one I read last night from CareerBuilder.com, which reports that “52 percent of employers use social networking sites to research job candidates, up significantly from 43 percent last year and 39 percent in 2013.” Read more…

HR News & Trends, Talent Management

A Hard Lesson For Starbucks About Customers, Employees, Social Media

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By Eric B. Meyer

Raise your hand if you don’t own a smartphone.

According to Pew Internet Project research, 64 percent of American adults own smartphones. And that’s just the adults.

So, it should come as no surprise that, in the brief amount of time it takes someone to pull a phone of a pocket, bring it to life, pull up a camera app, and hit record — five seconds maybe — anything you (or your employees) do in public can be stored and shared. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing

Why LinkedIn Could Be Your #1 Source for Quality Passive Candidates

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Want to tap into this year’s top trend and recruit passive candidates for your business? A survey has revealed that LinkedIn is one of the best sources for passive candidates.

While only 25 percent of global respondents are actively looking for a new job, a massive 45 percent are open to discussing opportunities with a recruiter. If you’re still relying on hiring active candidates to fill your roles, think again.

Here’s how you can use LinkedIn to source the top passive candidates. Read more…

Legal Issues

Believe It or Not, NLRB Protects Foul Facebook Attack on Supervisor

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By Nelson Cary

Consider this employee’s Facebook post:

Bob is such a NASTY MOTHERF___ER don’t know how to talk to people!!!!!! F__k his mother and his entire f__king family!!!! What a LOSER!!!! Vote YES for the UNION!!!!!!!

In this case, “Bob” was the employee’s supervisor. The employee (a banquet server) published the post at least 5-10 minutes after the supervisor had instructed him to “spread out” – i.e., move away from other banquet servers – while he was serving a banquet function. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

NLRB: Employee’s Vicious, Foul Facebook Post Not Grounds For Firing

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By Eric B. Meyer

By now, all of us have read the articles, which claim that the law permits your employees to complain about work on social media — and keep their jobs.

Well, that’s not exactly true. The National Labor Relations Act, which applies to most private-sector workplaces — both union and non-union — protects employees who engage in protected concerted activity. Protected concerted activity is where employees discuss working conditions with one another.

But, an employee who gripes alone is not protected. Also, vulgar and obscene comments are not protected.

Until now. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

An Ex-Employee Takes the Password to the LinkedIn Page — Now What?

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By Eric B. Meyer

Your company has set up a private LinkedIn Group.

Your company, which controls who may become a member of the Group, has seen the number of Group members swell to nearly 700. Way to go! Because it’s a private group, the names of all of the group members are not generally available to the public.

Now, let’s say that the employee whom you have appointed to manage the LinkedIn Group — the one who knows all the passwords — up and leaves. And, of course, he doesn’t return the passwords. What can you do? Read more…

HR Basics, HR Management

HR Basics: 5 Things Your Employees Can Safely Post on Social Media

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Social media is everywhere. An employer would be hard pressed to find an employee without some form of social media presence.

Because of this, you always hear horror stories about someone getting fired for badmouthing their boss or harassing a co-worker online. In fear of losing their job, many people avoid posting anything online relating to their job at all.

While employers definitely don’t want their employees bringing negative attention to them online, having no attention can also have adverse effects. The beauty in social media is, a single post can empower your organization’s brand and show your network who your company truly is and what it stands for. Read more…

Talent Management

Don’t Make Snap Judgments When Monitoring Employee Social Media Use

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Long gone are the days of trying to sneak social media breaks into your work day.

As Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other social media platforms become an essential part of business, employees are able to increase their time spent social networking without the worry of the activity being viewed as unproductive.

However, not all employers may be up-to-date on how this activity can actually be considered productive. And with advanced technologies that monitor employees becoming popular, employers need to take a step back before making snap judgments on social networking. Read more…