We’ve all seen the photo of a California Taco Bell employee licking a stack of taco shells. It was posted online and quickly went viral.
Now the incident is raising questions over whether companies should have social media policies in place to prevent similar episodes in the future.
Sites like Facebook and Twitter make it easy to complain about things like long hours and tedious tasks, which have the potential to become public embarrassments for the companies.
John Balitis, a Valley attorney with the law firm Fennemore Craig, said all companies should have a social media policy in place but they need to be careful about the wording they choose.
“The language needs to be constructive and written in a way that does not give a worker the impression that he can’t say critical things about his or her employer or he can’t engage in communications with his or her coworkers online,” Balitis said.
Under the National Labor Relations Act, employees have the right to communicate with one another about wages, hours and working conditions.
“If the provisions in the social media policy are very specific and deal with illegal activity, bullying or disclosing trade secrets, that’s OK,” he said.
Balitis also recommended that employers address what will happen if an employee uses a social media account on behalf of the company.
“There’s a clear understanding between the employer and the worker about who controls the social media account that’s being used, who has the password and who it really belongs to if the worker were ever to leave,” he said.
KTAR’s Martha Maurer contributed to this report.
- Stretches and exercises for carpal tunnel syndrome
- The best Major League ballparks have their own personality
- Comparing the best regular seasons: The '96 Bulls and '16 Warriors
- 3 Arizona road trips and the vehicles to get you there
- Colon cancer is preventable. Check these signs and symptoms to stay healthy.
- 6 of the biggest skin cancer myths
- Affordable small home makeover ideas
- Locals helping locals: 6 success stories you need to know about
- Sunscreen facts that could save your life
- 6 energy saving hacks for your home
- 5 tips for choosing a company to end your timeshare
- Overlooked water tips to save you money
- 5 of the most adored gentlemen in professional sports today
- The real danger of sitting at your desk
- Most surprising NBA playoff performances of the last 40 years
- 11 classic baseball movies you must see again
- Finally getting rid of fat: 3 methods that actually work
- 4 reasons cancer survivors should focus on food
- 5 spring cleaning spots everyone forgets
- 5 reasons to look forward to watching the D-backs this season
- Common virus attributed to spike in head and neck cancers
- 5 signs it’s time to end your timeshare ownership
- 3 most overlooked ways to keep your home healthy
- 6 ways the air in your home could be making you sick
- CrossFit dangers: 5 common injuries and how to deal with them
- Today's radiation treatments offer better success, fewer side effects
- Tips to make watching TV on the patio even better
- What really happens when you donate to a community college?
- Sun and skin cancer: Separating fact from fiction
- 5 critical lifestyle changes for a healthy colon