Legal Alert - Social Media Communications By Employees That Defame Individuals May Not Be Prohibited


by Gerard Morales

The Costco Decision
In a very recent decision, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or “Board”) held that a work rule in Costco Wholesale Corporation’s employee handbook that prohibited employees from posting communications that “defame any individual or damage any person’s reputation” was unlawful. Costco Wholesale Corp., 358 NLRB No. 106 (9/7/12) ….

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