Bosses beware: don’t discipline workers who bad-mouth you on Facebook. The National Labor Relations Board says the comments are protected activity, just like similar complaints shared by workers around the water cooler in the office.
Employers should update their social media policies and train supervisors with disciplinary power to guard against crackdowns on protected workplace activity. One misstep can easily lead to a costly legal battle or intervention by the NLRB.
Employers also need to shield sensitive job data from smart- phone hackers. The iPhone and similar devices are much less secure than corporate networks. Data encryption and authentication technologies for them are still in development. Plus many phone users don’t bother installing security programs.
One solution: Set up a virtual private network with password protection. Companies can also prevent smart phones from accessing HR info and other data.