Social Media in the Workplace:
Potential Risks and Considerations Associated with Both Employer and Employee Usage
In this program, Corey will highlight some of the key challenges and potential risks employers face with respect to social media in the workplace, including invasion of privacy, defamation, discrimination both in the hiring and employment context, harassment and bullying, the disclosure of confidential information and trade secrets, and the application of the National Labor Relations Act’s protections to all employees, not just those in a unionized setting. Corey will also provide recommendations about best practices, potential pitfalls when investigating and seeking to discipline employees based on social media postings, and what steps to take to protect against liability, including the types of risks and issues managers and supervisors need to be cognizant of when interacting with a subordinate employee through social media.
Corey Higgins, Of Counsel, Mirick O’Connell Attorneys at Law
Corey is a member of the firm's Labor, Employment and Employee Benefits Group. He represents both private- and public-sector employers. His practice covers all areas of labor and employment law, including collective bargaining, unfair labor practices, labor arbitration, employment discrimination, non-competition and non-disclosure agreements, unemployment appeals and various other employment-related issues. Corey also routinely counsels employers about the application of various Massachusetts and federal employment laws, including the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN), the Massachusetts Plant Closing Law, the Massachusetts Independent Contractor law, and other Massachusetts wage and hour laws. Corey was named a Massachusetts “Rising Star” by Boston magazine and Law & Politics in 2008-2012. In 2013, he was selected by the Worcester Business Journal as one of “40 under Forty” professionals honored for their professional excellence and community service.
Cost: Members - FREE Non-Members: $49
HRCI Credit Information:
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