On May 18, 2022 at 10:00am, Crabbe, Brown & James, LLP Managing Partner Larry H. James, will be participating in a panel discussion hosted by the Ohio State Personnel Board of Review. The presentation will examine how social media can impact employment matters. Specifically, the presentation will address the risks and responsibilities of implementing policies related to the use of social media in the workplace. While social media platforms allow individuals to interact and share their viewpoints on topics, such open platforms can entice some to make impulsive comments that can have lasting implications. Thus, it is an employer’s prerogative to implement a policy that sets expectations of employees’ behavior. There is no one-size-fits-all policy. The panel will discuss best practices in providing employees with specific guidelines on the appropriate use of social media in the workplace without infringing on their constitutional rights.
This presentation is geared towards managers, human resource professionals, union officials, and those that work in positions that handle public employment issues. As General Counsel to the Fraternal Order of Police, Mr. James will speak from the perspective of officers and the departments who have opted to enact policies to ensure that social media sites are being used to further law enforcement. Mr. James has served as General Counsel to the National Fraternal Order of Police since 2001. The National FOP is the world’s largest organization of sworn law enforcement officers with more than 356,000 members in over 2,100 lodges across the United States. The other panelist, Jonathan Downes, has over 30 years experience in practicing labor and employment law in Ohio.