Posts Tagged ‘labor law’

Happy Labor Day, Bloggers

Monday, September 5th, 2011

Double dump truck in Seattle at construction site

Happy Labor Day to everyone in the United States and in Canada (Labour Day, for you guys).

If you don’t have the day off, and you find yourself blogging at work, check out the EFF’s Blogger Guide on labor law.

Thanks to the National Labor Relations Act, workers in the U.S. who are fired for blogging about how lousy their workplace is may be protected under federal law. (An example is an ambulance company who fired a worker for griping about work on Facebook, and then was given the smack down by the National Labor Relations Board.)

You know what they say, work is the curse of the blogging class. So read up on what you can get away with, and blog on!

When Does Federal Labor Law Protect an Employee’s Right to Blog?

Monday, November 15th, 2010

Photo by EEJ

The National Labor Relations Board is suing a private ambulance company in Connecticut over the company’s blogging and internet policy and its handling of the termination of one of its employees.

Dawnmarie Souza posted negative comments on Facebook about her supervisor at American Medical Response of Connecticut Inc., and the company fired her.

In its lawsuit, the NLRB charges that Souza’s posts were a “protected concerted activity.”

That’s a problem for the company, because federal labor law gives employees the right to gripe and vent to one another about work. Why? Kvetching is proto-union-forming activity. And the National Labor Relations Act protects, at its heart, the right to form a union.

Thus, the NLRB says it was illegal for the company to have internet-usage policies that “prohibited employees “from making disparaging remarks when discussing the company” and “from depicting the company in any way over the Internet without company permission.”

I discussed this story on Friday on This Week in Law with Denise Howell. The podcast is available here.


(Ha’p: Denise Howell)