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Badmouthing the boss on Facebook is 'mostly' OK in U.S.

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New York, January 22 - Badmouthing the boss on
Facebook or Twitter in the US until recently could get employees
into lots of trouble and even lead to firing.
But no longer.
Through a series of recent rulings, the National Labor
Relations Board (NLRB), a federal regulatory agency which has
jurisdiction over workplace issues at nearly all private sector
employers, has declared that workers have the right to express
themselves freely about their jobs, work conditions, bosses and
other company issues on social networks without having to worry
about the consequences to their salaries, promotion prospects or
jobs.
Blanket restrictions on the use of social media at work are
illegal, the NLRB has determined.
According to the New York Times, the board's rulings have
gone so far as to call for the reinstatement of various workers
fired for their posts on social networks.
In addition, the Times reports, the NLRB has asked
companies including General Motors, Target and Costco, to
rewrite their social media rules.
The board's rulings, says the Times, "generally tell
companies that it is illegal to adopt broad social media
policies - like bans on disrespectful comments or posts that
criticize the employer - if those policies discourage workers
from exercising their right to communicate with one another with
the aim of improving wages, benefits or working conditions".
However, the rulings don't protect lone employers who rant
against their company on the Internet.

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