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Never mind employees on Facebook—look out for the work videos they post on Vine

Posted May 21, 2013 2:01 PM CDT
By Stephanie Francis Ward

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While some businesses still have problems with employee Facebook policies, along comes Vine, a video-sharing app introduced by Twitter. It allows users to post 6-second-long videos from their smartphones, and a growing amount of content comes from workers on the job, employment lawyer Daniel A. Schwartz tells the Wall Street Journal Law Blog.

Type in terms like “hatework,” “bored” or “work” into Vine’s search engine, he says, and numerous clips of employees behaving badly come up. According to Schwartz, who writes the Connecticut Employment Law Blog, there are also many videos of employees talking about how they hate their jobs, often while wearing employer logos on their clothing or name tags.

“Employers who are just concerned about what their employees are just doing on Facebook are missing the bigger picture of how smartphones are infiltrating the workplace,” Schwartz says.

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