Social Media – Employment Issues Thursday 20 October 2011 Louise Connacher Director & Head of Employment© Lupton Fawcett L...
What are the issues for employers?•   Recruitment•   Time wasting•   Bullying and harassment•   Discrimination•   Human ri...
Recruitment• Checking up on candidates   –   Facebook   –   Linked-In   –   Twitter   –   Blogs• Discrimination
Time wasting• Fall in productivity• Monitoring usage   – clear policy   – Investigations• Options   – ban usage?   – restr...
Bullying, harassment & discrimination• Cyber bullying• Social exclusion• “Victimless” bullying• Regularly update bullying ...
Human rights?• More relevant to public authorities• But – ET’s obligations• Has privacy been waived?• Inform employees of ...
Reputational damage• Comments posted on Facebook, Twitter, Blogs• Comments sent by e-mail or in-mail• Simply a different m...
Confidential information• Posted on Facebook, LinkedIn, personal website• Use of restrictive covenants• Policies – is Link...
Breach of copyright• Photos, documents, videos posted on social networking  sites• Breach of employer’s copyright• Breach ...
Policies• What should a social media policy cover?   – rules about accessing social media   – information about monitoring...
Conclusion• Currently very little case law• Importance of policies• Evidential difficulties• Don’t let the technology get ...
Any Questions?Louise ConnacherDirector & Head of EmploymentLupton Fawcett LLPYorkshire House, East Parade, Leeds, LS1 5BDE...
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Lupton fawcett 'social media' seminar for the cipd 20 october 2011

  1. 1. Social Media – Employment Issues Thursday 20 October 2011 Louise Connacher Director & Head of Employment© Lupton Fawcett LLP 2011. Extracts may be copied provided that their source is quoted.
  2. 2. What are the issues for employers?• Recruitment• Time wasting• Bullying and harassment• Discrimination• Human rights• Reputational damage• Disclosure of confidential information• Breach of copyright• Policies• Conclusion
  3. 3. Recruitment• Checking up on candidates – Facebook – Linked-In – Twitter – Blogs• Discrimination
  4. 4. Time wasting• Fall in productivity• Monitoring usage – clear policy – Investigations• Options – ban usage? – restrict usage? – policies
  5. 5. Bullying, harassment & discrimination• Cyber bullying• Social exclusion• “Victimless” bullying• Regularly update bullying policies
  6. 6. Human rights?• More relevant to public authorities• But – ET’s obligations• Has privacy been waived?• Inform employees of monitoring that will be undertaken
  7. 7. Reputational damage• Comments posted on Facebook, Twitter, Blogs• Comments sent by e-mail or in-mail• Simply a different method of publication?
  8. 8. Confidential information• Posted on Facebook, LinkedIn, personal website• Use of restrictive covenants• Policies – is LinkedIn encouraged at work?
  9. 9. Breach of copyright• Photos, documents, videos posted on social networking sites• Breach of employer’s copyright• Breach of third party’s copyright• Ensure appropriate rules/guidance in place
  10. 10. Policies• What should a social media policy cover? – rules about accessing social media – information about monitoring – home/work boundaries – requirement to insert disclaimers – views expressed are not those of the employer – network security – use of social media for business reasons – link to disciplinary procedures• Amendment to other policies
  11. 11. Conclusion• Currently very little case law• Importance of policies• Evidential difficulties• Don’t let the technology get in the way!
  12. 12. Any Questions?Louise ConnacherDirector & Head of EmploymentLupton Fawcett LLPYorkshire House, East Parade, Leeds, LS1 5BDEmail: louise.connacher@luptonfawcett.comTel: 0113 280 2108Fax: 0113 280 2163 http://uk.linkedin.com/in/louiseconnacher @LouiseConnacher

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