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.
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.
“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.
It is legally enforceable for employers to implement phone bans during work hours and breaching of such bans may possibly result in certain ramifications. However, do such policies indeed improve workplace safety and boost productivity?
Employers reserve the right to take action against employees for inappropriate use of social media
Deleting a colleague on Facebook will constitute bullying under federal workplace relations legislation