Fired Over Facebook Comments. Is It Legal?

This is a bit of the Holy Grail for me. Social Media + Legal + HR Policy = Lawsuit

Short version of what will become a long story:

A customer made a complaint about an employee who was asked to prepare a report on what happened. She asked for and was denied access to a union rep. That evening she hopped on her personal computer at home and wrote some not nice things about her supervisor and some coworkers joined in.

The employee was terminated.

The employer, American Medical Response, has an Internet policy and says the employee was in violation of it.

The National Labor Relations Board is saying something about "concerted activity" between employees.

The difference being if she has said her supervisor sucked and was a horrible person she might not be protected but because others joined in talking about workplace conditions she may be.

Click National Labor Relations Board for their statement.

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Yes You Need A Resume

Minneapolis is blessed to have a great creative community filled with marketing, public relations, social media, designers, technologists and more.

We are also blessed to attract national speakers and thought leaders from all disciplines and with this comes a higher level of knowledge in our community than most other places.

Minneapolis/St Paul is a sweet place to be.

I am a HUGE fan of Seth Godin and Jeff Pulver who are both in Minneapolis today.

Unfortunately I have a head set screwed into my head today (this week) as I have call after call after call today.

As I usually do when I cannot make an event I follow the hashtag for the event so I can get a flavor of what is being shared. Never as good as being there but something is better than nothing.

I saw a Tweet that has raised the little hairs on the back of my neck and while I need to understand I am reading this out of context this blog post is necessary if this is even remotely close to what was meant:

Don't need a resume if you make yourself great, people will find you! If you want to be a cog have a resume! #SethGodinmpls

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Facebook Gets 500 Million Users | Paul DeBettignies Interviewed On WCCO AM Radio

Back on July 22nd after Facebook hit the 500 million user mark I was interviewed by Mike Grimm on HINESight on WCCO AM radio.

We spoke a bit about Facebook for personal and business use and the way companies are using it for recruiting.

Of course we found a way to inject into the conversation. Mike does the radio broadcast for Gopher football.

Click the Play button to hear his show. Wait a few moments for it to load and then forward to the 58:20 mark. We go to 70:37.


Paul DeBettignies A Panelist For Human Resources Executive Council

I have accepted an invitation to be a panelist at the Human Resources Executive Council meeting April 15th, 2010 to be held at the McNamara Alumni Center on the campus of the University of Minnesota.

Human Resources Executive Council

The Human Resources Executive Council is made of Minnesota companies who have 1,000+ employees or $100M+ in revenues. Companies included are 3M, Best Buy, Delta Airlines, Ecolab, General Mills, Honeywell, Land O’Lakes, Medtronic, ShopNBC, Target, Travelers, U.S. Bank, United HealthGroup and others.

This is an evening dinner, reception and education event the evening before HR Tomorrow 2010

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April 2010 LinkedIn, Job Search And Social Media Seminars

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For those not familiar with me and are wondering if a session(s) would be a good use of your time I am an IT Recruiter with 12 years of experience and have been speaking to groups of all ages and skill sets in groups of 20-200 for 8 years and now online.

Over the years 12,000+ have participated in Recruiter, HR and career related sessions both in person and online.

I am the Managing Partner of Nerd Search, LLC a Minneapolis IT search firm, author of the Minnesota Headhunter blog, Co Founder and Coordinator of Minnesota Recruiters, listed as a Top 20 Minnesota Social Media Innovator and a national Top 25 Most Influential Online Recruiter.

I am a frequent national and local speaker and article contributor on recruiter, HR, career, networking and social media topics.

I do not say that stuff to be cool rather so you know that the material comes from a credible source and someone who uses these tools every day.

Sessions are very interactive (your questions are wanted) including the use of demos. My goal is not to talk to you for 60 – 90 minutes but to have a conversation and share ideas.

I do teach a more aggressive approach to the use of LinkedIn, Twitter, Social Media in general than most do and specifically to the job seekers, give you a kick in the pants.

Here is some background on presentations and interviews I have been a part of:

All presentations are 60-90 minutes with Q&A.

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You Say You Are A Social Media Expert Or Guru. OK, Prove It

I swear (it seems literally and often lately) that if I see one more self professed Expert or Guru I am going to spontaneously combust. Which is to say, this would be me last Will and Testament because no doubt by the time I finish typing this I will have two new Guru followers.

So here goes... if you are such a person I hope you have a track record. You better be able to show some results.

Why? Besides the obvious your competition is now FIERCE:

Social Media Gurus And Experts

Self-Proclaimed Social Media Gurus on Twitter Multiplying Like Rabbits and the above graph are from a few weeks back about the crazy number of Social Media Experts and Social Media Gurus on Twitter and the exponential growth in the use of such terms. I used to think that an expert was in the top 5% or 2% of their industry.

Wow, we are so blessed to have so many talented people amongst us. (read with sarcasm)

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Why Do You Follow Me On Twitter And My 2 Year Anniversary

2 years ago today I started on Twitter with @MNHeadhunter. It was my 3rd shot at Twitter and not until my buddy Katie Tierney @txaggie94 set me straight did I figure out why it might matter to me. So if you like me thank her and if you find me annoying, it’s all her fault :)

I have met a lot of people who have turned into dear friends, made placements, been invited to speak and lots of other cool things because of my sharing, collaborating and listening on Twitter.

Rather than talk about the successes I would like to evaluate my activity and since I am a “one man band” without a yearly review (other than looking at the business bottom line) I am asking you my Twitter followers the following questions:

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Top 20 2009 Traffic Sources For The MN Headhunter Blog

I do not pay much “micro” attention to blog statistics but I do watch the bigger trends. Another recruiter blogger and I are sharing statistics with each other to get a sense of what each other are doing. I will share some of that (my statistics) over the coming weeks.

According to Google Analytics here “All Traffic Sources” of the 52,813 visits to the MN Headhunter Blog in 2009:

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Rant: Twitter And TweetDeck Become Less User Friendly

I am a HUGE fan of Twitter and I am a huge fan of TweetDeck. I am a big fan of the new Twitter Lists and have started putting together some really good lists like Minnesota News, Career and All Stars. I did this post a few weeks ago Twitter Lists As A Networking Tool.

But there is a huge flaw in this and if by chance someone from Twitter or TweetDeck is catching this please help me out. And by the way, I have tried other ways of getting their attention but now I am frustrated so this blog post is what they get.

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Paul DeBettignies Quoted In Minneapolis StarTribune Article “Job Searches Get Tweeter”

I am learning first hand a point that is made in this Minneapolis StarTribune career article, you never know who is watching your online activity and in this case my Twitter stream.

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Job Searches Get Tweeter

Twitter is a 140-character blogging tool that serves as a firehose of information to your desktop or smartphone. Among the valuable information you can get: job postings and tools to keep you up to date and in the know.

By Laura French, Star Tribune Sales and Marketing

November 30, 2009

Twitter allows users to create a free account, then send and receive 140 word "tweets" on almost any topic - including job-hunting.

The Human Resource Professionals of Minnesota devoted their 2009 conference in October to "Social Media and HR."

Paul DeBettignies, a Twin Cities social media expert and IT recruiter, was a presenter at the conference. He sent these "tweets" from his @MNHeadHunter Twitter account:

  • 72 percent of companies plan to invest more in recruiting through social networks.
  • Ameriprise has created an Interactive Recruiting position.
  • The "main takeaway" is "get involved now or get left behind."

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