Thank you. The federal National Labor
Relations Act (NLRA
) allows employees to participate in “concerted activities for the purpose of collective bargaining or other mutual aid or protection.”
Section 7 of that federal law allows employees to use social media (e.g., Facebook) to initiate group action. Employers cannot suppress these rights, notwithstanding of any union presence.
However, personal grievances that do not incite group action are not considered “concerted activities” and are not protected under the NLRA.
If you made comments on your Facebook page to enlist the support of coworkers to improve work conditions
, the employer cannot take adverse action against you. If the employer does, you can contact and file a complaint with your local NLRB
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There is a bill in Congress called the Social Networking Online Protection Act (SNOPA). New York Rep. Eilot Engel introduced the law. It has not been passed, yet, however. It could stop employers from asking for access to online content from job seekers and current employees. However, again, it's just pending. It's not passed.
There is also a bill pending in New York. You can read it here: http://open.nysenate.gov/legislation/bill/S6938-2011
However, again, it's pending. It's not a law yet.
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