Establish a Commonsense Social Media Policy

Online and off, social media are creating conflicts between employers and employees that sometimes wind up in court. The complex issues involved touch on privacy rights, civil rights, and at times even criminal conduct. Attorney Anthony Haller, chair of the employment, benefits, and labor practice group at the law firm Blank Rome in Philadelphia, says small businesses should establish commonsense social media policies before disputes arise. He spoke recently to Smart Answers columnist Karen E. Klein; edited excerpts of their conversation follow.

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