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Since the advent of social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, employers have worried about protecting themselves from harmful speech by employees. In the last few years, however, they’ve had to walk the fine line between protecting themselves and respecting their employees’ right to communicate with co-workers and outsiders as provided in the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). Along the way, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has issued rulings that have served to guide companies on what they can and can’t do with regard to disciplining an employee for what they deem to be inappropriate social media behavior.

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