HR Pros: Are You Concerned About Social Media?

Social media in the workplace raises a lot of questions about policies, privacy and confidentiality. The Proactive Employer will be presenting a special round table discussion where experts answer all of your HR and social media questions.
July 11, 2011 - PRLog -- Social media has evolved into a mainstream way of communication. From blogging and Tweeting, to Flickr and Facebook, to Yelp and YouTube, social media has exploded. This explosion has created some horror stories causing careers to implode: the secret blogging of Whole Foods CEO John Mackey, a woman’s Facebook rant on why she wanted to be fired, and the recent Twitter scandal involving former Representative Anthony Weiner. The social media explosion has also created a few firestorms for companies- remember the YouTube video of the rats running through a fast food restaurant in New York City? Or how about the Chrysler employee who dropped an F bomb in the corporate Twitter stream?

Like it or not, social media is something employers have to deal with. But it raises a lot of questions – should we have a formal policy? What should it say? Are there privacy concerns? How to we ensure that our trade secrets stay secret? What if we’re involved in litigation – what’s discoverable and what’s not? It seems like the questions are never-ending.

The Proactive Employer Podcast, sponsored by Thomas Econometrics, is presenting a special two-part round table discussion where experts answer all of your HR and social media questions. We've lined up an all-star panel of labor and employment lawyers, bloggers and social media adopters who will be sharing their expertise on various aspects of social media and human resources.

Jonathan Hyman, of Kohrman Jackson and Krantz, will be providing suggestions on how to implement and enforce an effective and workable social media policy. Seth Borden, of McKenna Long & Aldridge, will be discussing social media, labor law, and the flood of NLRB complaints we're seen recently. Molly DiBianca, of Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, will provide insight into social media and privacy concerns. Eric Meyer, of Dilworth Paxson, will be discussing social media, discovery and litigation. Philip Miles, of McQuaide Blasko, will talk about the nuts and bolts of social media from an HR perspective. Rob Radcliff, of Langley Weinstein, will provide guidance on social media, confidentiality, non-competition agreements, and trade secrets. Daniel Schwartz, of Pullman & Comley, will be discussing social media, recruiting and hiring, and employee engagement.

The two-part round table discussion will air on July 22, 2011 and July 29, 2011 and will be available for on-demand listening at The Proactive Employer website at or via iTunes at

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