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Trick or Tweet: The Scary Side of Social Media

Trick or Tweet: The Scary Side of Social Media

June 2012
(available through June 16, 2013)

Recertification Credits: 1.5*
Presenter: Jonathan A. Segal, Esq., Duane Morris, LLP

Social media is simply another form of communication. So it really is nothing new. Yet, it changes everything. Whatever boundaries between work and life exist are being further eroded by social media.

Does an employer have a right to review an applicant's or employee's social media pages? Is private really private? And, even if an employer has a right, when do the risks outweigh the benefits?

What are an employer's rights and responsibilities if social media or textual harassment cascades into the workplace? And when is social media or textual harassment unlawful and when is it lawful but hateful? What are the risks in friending subordinates and others over whom you have institutional authority or to whom you may provide institutional advice? Is there a difference between friending and linking in? Where is the line between protected disparagement (under the NLRA) and harassment of a manager or defamation of an employer? And how do you protect yourself from being followed on Twitter (or otherwise)? And when is following or monitoring the social media activity of others unwise or even unlawful?

Join us for this webcast where we discuss these and other issues.

About the speaker: Jonathan A. Segal is a partner at Duane Morris LLP in the Employment, Labor, Benefits and Immigration Practice Group. He is also the managing principal of the Duane Morris Institute. Mr. Segal's practice focuses on preventive counseling, training and policy development with regard to harassment, diversity issues, performance management and workplace privacy, among many employment issues. Mr. Segal has served as a consultant to the Federal Judicial Center in Washington, D.C., providing training on employment issues to federal judges around the country. In this capacity, he has been the featured speaker at conferences for Chief United States District Judges. He consistently has been one of the top-rated speakers at SHRM's Annual, Staffing Management, Diversity and Employment Law and Legislative Conferences. Mr. Segal has been cited as a national authority on employment issues in articles in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Fortune, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, CNN Online, BusinessWeek Online, Money and, among others.

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Recertification Credit

Viewing this entire presentation, either as a live event or archived, counts for 1.5 credit hours toward PHR/SPHR recertification from the Human Resource Certification Institute. Note: You are responsible for tracking your participation in this event.