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Preventing Digital Damage: Your Legal Rights to Managing Staff's Social Media

In this 75-minute training, you will learn:

  • How to prepare and plan for risks

    Learn how to prevent the exploding risks of employees’ digital speech (liability, reputational, policy violations, etc.)

  • What's allowed legally

    Which restrictions you can legally put on employees’ social media usage both on and off-duty

  • What's considered "protected activity"

    Which online actions are “protected activity” and which can be disciplined


Discover exactly what you CAN and CAN’T do to regulate employee conduct—and to comply with newly evolving laws.

Is it legal to fire employees for posting inflammatory comments on Facebook? Can workers claim “free speech”? And when are their words or actions considered “protected activity”?

In recent years, this controversial issue exploded in the courts as technology made it more difficult for you to monitor employee conduct or draw clear lines between on-duty and off-duty behavior. Don’t wait until this becomes a problem in your workplace to find out what you can legally do.

Discover your organization’s rights when it comes to regulating employees' social media comments, political speech and other off-duty activity. Find out what’s considered “protected” employee speech and what’s not. And learn how to create policies and practices that keep your company in compliance and out of the headlines.





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Agenda for Preventing Digital Damage:

  • When you MUST set limits on employees’ off-duty conduct or social media postings …. 4 issues to consider
  • Which restrictions you can put on employees’ social media—and when it’s legal to hand down discipline
  • Which employee words or actions are “protected activity” under the National Labor Relations Act
  • How to comply with all the different laws that are triggered when employees engage in social or political activism (either online or in-person)
  • How to deal with off-duty conduct laws that protect employees in dozens of states
  • Real-world examples of companies managing (or failing to manage) employee expression.
  • 6 best-practice tips to help you minimize distractions and stay within the law





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Jenn Betts is a shareholder in the Pittsburgh office of Ogletree Deakins. She represents and counsels employers regarding complex traditional labor and employment matters. Jenn has extensive experience with employment issues, and has defended numerous employment class and collective actions for clients in a wide array of industries including retailers, manufacturers, banks, and in the energy sector. Jenn has been quoted in national articles on AI and the workplace, and her writings appear frequently in national and local publications. She is an in-demand speaker on social media topics and other HR-related subjects. In addition to her extensive litigation experience, Jenn also regularly conducts training sessions for managers and supervisors.

Jenn Betts
Jenn Betts shareholder

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Professional Certification Credit Hours Included:


This program is valid for 1.25 PDCs for the SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®.


The use of this official seal confirms that this Activity has met HR Certification Institute’s® (HRCI®) criteria for recertification credit pre-approval.

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