The labor relations board announced last week that it had filed a complaint against an ambulance service, American Medical Response of Connecticut, that fired an emergency medical technician, accusing her, among other things, of violating a policy that bars employees from depicting the company “in any way” on Facebook or other social media sites in which they post pictures of themselves.
Lafe Solomon, the board’s acting general counsel, said, “This is a fairly straightforward case under the National Labor Relations Act — whether it takes place on Facebook or at the water cooler, it was employees talking jointly about working conditions, in this case about their supervisor, and they have a right to do that.”
"Instead of saying you can't use [social networking tools], we are now saying you can use them where appropriate. But you have to keep in mind you can't breach confidentiality and you can't breach privacy law in doing so," Seckel said.
David Eby, executive director of the B.C. Civil Liberties Association, said it's encouraging that the government is increasing its transparency and creating opportunities for social engagement. However, he is concerned that the government doesn't control the platforms it might use.