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January 24, 2017

Can an Employer Control an Employee’s Use of Social-Media?

If the employee is at work and using computers owned by the employer, the general answer is yes.  Work if for working; not for using social media.  Generally, employers are within their rights to regulate social-media use on work time if they do so for work-related reasons and apply the rules evenhandedly to all employees.  Off-hour use of social-media might be regulated if an employee’s initial and continued employment are subject to written social-media policies. There are important exceptions.  Under and Minnesota’s Wage Disclosure Protection law no employer can prohibit employees from disclosing or discussing their own wages.  Even if...
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