Your legal rights, for both employers and employees
The legalities surrounding social media are still murky, and continuously evolving.
But the rights of workers and bosses are broken into two distinct categories: social media behaviour on the clock, and off the clock.
While you are on the job, employers do have the right to monitor social media usage and if that usage is reducing your effectiveness, it can become a problem.
To this end, it is always advisable to ask for your company’s social media policy when you start a new position.
When you are in public, the standard laws of publication apply and you can not only fall into hot water with your boss, but with the law.
Defamation, harassment/victimisation and disclosure of confidential information are three laws that can apply to your posts, so try not to be nasty. Or at least brush up on the laws surrounding these, because they change from state to state.
How to keep your feed safe
A little bit of common sense goes a long way here.
If you are job hunting, be assured your employer will come looking for your profiles.
Your party photos are most certainly the most hilarious images posted online ever, but they aren’t going to win the hearts and minds of too many employers.
Adjust your privacy settings or, at the very least, don’t have the offending images as your profile or cover photo.
If you are not too sure what a potential employer may find, Google yourself‚ because that is what they will do. Ultimately, this will give you a look at what you may need to sanitise (read: delete).
If you have old social media platforms from your younger, wilder days (Myspace and the like), it is best to delete those as well.
But the best way to prevent trouble is to keep your offending social media offerings to yourself anyway. There’s no need to be mean.
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