If you think your connections on LinkedIn belong to you (as opposed to your employer) just because your name and picture appear on the account - think again! A recent decision out of a federal district court in Pennsylvania provides some support for employers who argue that contacts derived from social media accounts that were created using work emails and accessed for work purposes belong to the employer, not the employee. On the other hand, the case also seems implicitly to acknowledge that the account itself belongs to the employee who created it.
This month, the NLRB struck down Costco Wholesale Club's social-media policy that barred employees (on pain of termination) from posting anything that may "damage the CCompany . . . or damage any person's reputation."