Fired for Facebook. Understanding Employee Internet Abuse

With Facebook’s IPO filing this week, Wall Street is abuzz about social networking.  And chances are your office is abuzz too but on Facebook not about the IPO.  Americans are spending nearly 16 hours a month on the popular social networking site and companies have every right to be concerned as increased access to social networking increase risk especially when it comes to your employees.

“Understanding Social Media, the NLRB, and Unions” is an upcoming webinar hosted by the leading global human resource blog,  The webinar scheduled for February 21, 2012 from 11:30 to 12:30 PM CST includes leading human resources and employment law experts including Michael Vandervort, Social Media Director of Publix; Jon Hyman, Employment Law Attorney at Kohrman Jackson & Krantz; and Jessica Miller-Merrell, HR and Social Media Expert at Xceptional HR.

“Technology, particularly social media has made the working world a challenging place for business leaders, managers, and HR professionals who must balance employee freedom of speech, the company’s employment brand, the potential for union organization, and recent activity by the NLRB and protected concerted activity as part of their daily work activities” saying Miller-Merrell.

The webinar discusses [employee internet abuse] as well as recent legislation surrounding social media, the NLRB, and strategies for how company leaders can maneuver and monitor employee activity on social networking sites.  Learn best practices how to manage and discipline your employees, create policies, and awareness throughout your organization.

Learn how [unions use social media to organize] communicate, and leverage negative information against your brand to make the company concede to union’s demands and organization.  Discussions will be centered surrounding protecting the entire organization and going beyond technology to best practices for business executives, managers, as well as HR and how they should handle social media and its potential union and legal pitfalls.

Webinar is scheduled for February 21, 2012 from 11:00 AM.  Registration is open to the public at and attendees will receive 1.5 HRCI recertification credits.

About Jessica Miller- Merrell and Blogging4Jobs

Jessica Miller-Merrell, SPHR is an author, speaker, human resources professional, and workplace social media expert with a passion for recruiting, training, and social media.  Jessica is a leader in the HR community and has over 11 years of experience in human resources and recruiting.  Her book, [Tweet This!  Twitter for Business] was released in February 2010. Jessica is a columnist for publications including Fortune, SmartBrief, and HRO Today Magazine.

Keynote speaker Jessica Miller has been recognized by human resource professionals for articulating social media as a means to HR development and has spoken in front of thousands on topics like human resources and recruiting.  Complete bio can be downloaded on