"Old Chipotle Social Media Policy Was Unlawfully Vague," Society for Human Resource Management

September 14, 2016

In an article published by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) on August 26, 2016, Joseph W. Bryan provided insight on Chipotle’s recent violation of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). According to a recent National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) decision, employers must carefully word social media policies so they are not unlawfully vague and must ensure that employees are receiving the most up-to-date social media policies. Chipotle violated this decision by distributing an outdated social media policy. "Despite the best efforts of HR professionals, it is fairly common for managers and supervisors to refer to and rely on outdated policies," Mr. Bryan told the publication. "If policies are maintained electronically–for example, on a company intranet–it is easier to ensure that only current policies are available. For many workplaces, though, maintaining policies only in an electronic format is not feasible." For the full article, please visit the Society for Human Resource Management website.

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