A recent survey conducted by the Employment Law Alliance reported that while millions of workers â€“ about 5 percent of the American workforce â€“ are maintaining online personal diaries, only about 15 percent of employers have specific policies addressing work-related blogging.
â€œWork-related blogging was once thought to be benign, but it is now one of the hottest, and most complex and far-ranging issues in the workplace,â€ said Stephen J. Hirschfeld, the CEO of the alliance and a partner in the California-based labor and employment firm of Curiale, Dellaverson, Hirschfeld & Kraemer LLP.
At issue is the potential for damaging information about the company to be made public, either purposefully or accidentally, through worker blogs, notably including the companyâ€™s safety practices. â€œThere is intense debate over blogs, but no debate over the need to have clear blogging policies,â€ said Hirschfeld.
Survey: employers unprepared for blogging (9/13)
September 13, 2006