UPDATED 2/7/11 – The case settled today. See this update.  

In an unprecedented case, the NLRB is pushing all in over the battle on social media. And its press release today leaves little doubt where it is placing its chips — strongly in the employee’s favor.

I had heard about this case a few weeks

On Friday afternoon — conveniently right before a long holiday weekend — the NLRB dropped a significant decision on an important issue — whether an employer may set up a policy that, in turn, prohibits employees from using the employer’s e-mail system for any "non-job-related solicitations." 

The NLRB answered "yes" in the case of The Guard