Can employers prohibit the use of social media or web browsing at work?
Minneapolis employment law attorney Marnie DeWall explains how generally employers can dictate how company equipment can be used.
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Generally, yes. If the employer owns the equipment and the employee is on work time employers can limit employees from engaging social media types of interactions during work time and with the work equipment. The employer does however; need to be careful about banning the use of social media entirely because of the requirements of the National Labor Relations Act. Employees do have Section 7 rights under the National Labor Relations Act that employers do need to be cognizant of in the limitations they place on social media. For example, if an employee wishes to make a negative comment about the employer on a break or outside of the workplace an employer may have difficulty in disciplining the employee for those types of interactions