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Setting standards for social media use by employees

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As social media websites become more popular, they are more frequently being used in the workplace or to post information concerning employers. It is important for small business owners to have a solid policy concerning social media use for their employees in order to avoid potential legal problems.

Outlining a clear and specific social media policy for employees is essential to protect the company, according to Inc. Magazine. “Defining what your employees can and cannot do, both in the workplace and at home, needs to be spelled out,” the source warns. Leaving out details could result in legal exposure for the business owner.

Though it may be tempting to skip over the creation of a social media policy for employees it may save a company money, should they need to let go of an employee for tarnishing the public image of the company through a social media platform.

In a recent case, the company American Medical Response had to settle with an employee out of court after firing her for negative comments she posted about her manager on Facebook from a home computer, Fox reports.

Though the agreements may not be foolproof, employers should obtain employment practices insurance to cover themselves in case an employee decides to file charges for wrongful termination.  

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