The Ethics of Social Media: Balancing Legal Implications and Practical Considerations
Thursday, April 14, 2011
12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Registration
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. - Counsel to Counsel Forum
5:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. - Closing Reception
Four Seasons Hotel
757 Market Street
San Francisco, CA
About this forum:
When Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg became Time Magazine's 2010 Person of the Year, we knew social media was not just a flash in the pan. Instead, not only is it here to stay, but it is increasingly becoming an issue that in-house counsel are dealing with in the workplace. On one hand, social media has obvious downsides to employers, for example, productivity is widely believed to suffer from it. Also, challenges present themselves when employees speak badly of their employers though social media channels. But, there are upsides and practical realities that employees need to consider as well. In the end, most companies are finding it necessary to at least consider social media policies and related approaches they should take. In this session, we will explore topics such as:
- To regulate or not to regulate? Should all companies have social media policies, or does the analysis need to be more nuanced than that?
- What conclusions to draw from the NLRB's complaint against a Connecticut company that fired an employee for allegedly speaking poorly about the company on Facebook?
- Are there benefits to not regulating the use of social media in the workplace?
- The investigation and enforcement dilemma: Best practices for enforcing social media policies and investigating alleged breaches of the policy.
John G. Newman, Corporate Counsel, Progress Rail Services;
Jason Romrell, General Counsel, InsuranceLeads.com
Jackson Lewis LLP; Jones Day