Social media has been both a blessing and a curse for the fire service, but one thing is undeniable: social media with all its problems is here to stay. The law that applies to social media has been evolving and continues to evolve, with new cases arising daily. Emerging are important principles that fire service leaders and firefighters can use to avoid the pitfalls that can lead to firefighters being terminated or social media policies being struck down.
This program will review the latest social media cases affecting the fire service, and the important lessons learned. These lessons will then be connected to recommended policy language for an effective and legally defensible social media policy.
Attendees will receive course materials that includes a model social media policy that can be customized in class. Copies of the most important cases will also be provided.
Why this webinar will help you:
Courts routinely strike down well intentioned social media policies because they restrict speech under an important principle known as prior restraint. This puts fire service leaders in a bind because even well-intentioned policies aimed at protecting firefighters can run afoul of the First Amendment.
Without clear policy guidance, firefighters find themselves in a situation where there are no rules... until AFTER something is posted that causes a controversy. By then it may be too late to save their career.
There is a solution. Understanding the First Amendment is not rocket science. It is actually a fascinating subject and once the principles are understood, guidance to firefighters becomes much easier. This program focuses on what the First Amendment requires, and how fire service policies can provide the kind of guidance needed without running afoul of the law!
1. First Amendment
2. Concerted Activities
3. Case Studies
4. Model Policy Language
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