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Tue., June 24, 2014, 12:58 p.m.

Firing For Social Media Post Upheld

A Buhl nursing home worker, fired for a Facebook post saying he’d like to “slap the ever loving bat snot out of a patient,” has had his appeal to the Idaho Supreme Court rejected. Joseph Talbot worked at Desert View Care Center in January 2013 when he posted the status, which went on to say that being insulted by patients made him less motivated to “make sure your call light gets answered every time,” court documents show. Talbot applied for unemployment benefits and was granted them by an Idaho Department of Labor appeals examiner. Later, the Idaho Industrial Commission reversed that decision, concluding Talbot had engaged in employment-related misconduct by violating Desert View’s social media policy/Alison Gene Smith, Twin Falls Times News. More here.

Question: Does your company have a policy re: posts you make on your personal social media?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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