Stephen Booth of Coleman Greig clearly answers some important social media and the workplace questions in the lead up to the HR Law Masterclass. “It is very important to have a social media policy in place, which makes it plain that out-of-work and out-of-hours conduct which is relevant to the workplace is not merely a private matter,” he reminds all employers in this article.
ELM TV EXCLUSIVE – Are you up to date with the impacts on you as an employer of the Harmful Digital Communications Act in New Zealand? In this short video Bridget Smith reminds us why this Act is important and what workplace policies may need to follow as a result.
Michelle Dawson writes in this interesting article, “Social media has become a valuable asset to many businesses. But social media can also be a significant liability when it comes to employees and employment- related issues. What are you doing to protect your organisation?”.
Derogatory comments on social media can be a valid reason to terminate an employee’s employment, but a fair process must still be followed to avoid an unfair dismissal ruling. Allens’ Senior Associate Tristan Garcia and Lawyer Jo Seto report on a recent decision of the FWC.
With recent changes to modern awards related to annual leave, Cara Leavesley’s ELM interview is extremely insightful; highlighting how nine of ten contractual disputes can be prevented by taking proactive steps, what impacts annual leave changes have on employers, and what other emerging issues her firm is seeing.
Swaab Attorney’s Richard Ottley answers this question by first reminding us that “the default position with respect to medical certificates is that they are to be given the utmost weight and accepted, except in the most “unusual or exceptional circumstances”. This is a must read detailed Q&A on the ill and injured topic.
“Employers can minimise their risk of harm to reputation and brand and risk of vicarious liability for an employee’s out of hours behaviour, by having a suitable workplace code of conduct and social media policy…,” writes Noella Silby of MDC Legal.
Read several specific social media posts that have made the headlines in this article by Lisa Qiu, as well as what lessons should be considered when employers are looking to terminate an employee over personal social media posts.
“It is important for employers to have a clear social media policy in place,” says Nathan Moy of Clayton Utz. “Training is an important foundation for effectively enforcing your social media policy.” This is a not to be missed read regarding social media in the workplace.
Having practised employment law for over 20 years now, Maree Skinner tells us in this exclusive how the scope of what employment lawyers do has changed. She highlights that HR teams are experiencing an increase in claims and difficulties with poor behaviour from employees.