Answers to tricky HR questions: Managers and the Labor Board

Our team of experts fields real-life, everyday questions from HR managers and gives practical answers that can be applied by any HR pro in the same situation. Today’s issue: Managers making comments about their workplace on social networks.
Q: We know that employees who post comments related to working conditions on Facebook or Twitter are protected under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA).
If supervisors make similar complaints, are they protected as well?
A: No, the NLRA generally doesn’t protect supervisors from being disciplined or discharged if they make negative comments online relating to work, says John E. Donovan (jdonovan@laborlawyers.com), a partner at Fisher and Phillips LLP.
Because most firms hold managers to a higher standard than rank and file staff, conduct that might be tolerated from an employee need not be tolerated from a supervisor.