Blogging: Web sites increasing, but few companies have rules

Guarding against misuse of employee blogs is the latest challenge for human resource departments.

Anecdotal evidence abounds on personal Web sites, called blogs, getting employees in trouble with employers. But what happens when an employee opens the employer up to lawsuits, industrial espionage or just bad publicity?

β€œIt’s a fertile area for potential liability these days,” said Michael Karpeles, a principal at Chicago-based Goldberg Kohn Bell, Black, Rosenbloom and Mortz Ltd.