Tag Archives: social media

In the post – FWC delivers mixed messages on dismissal for social media indiscretions

Following recent differing decisions of the Fair Work Commission (FWC) it seems that Australian employers must still tread a fine and uncertain line in determining whether employee misconduct on social media is a valid reason for dismissal. In the recent case of Stephen Campbell v Qube Ports Pty Ltd t/a Qube Ports & Bulk in … Continue Reading

Employee feedback and engagement – new methods, old rules

In Jo Faragher’s article for the CIPD’s People Management magazine September 2016 “Employee councils and social media are opening up new routes for staff to get their voices heard. But is anyone listening?” she raises a number of interesting questions about the methods and effectiveness of employee feedback The article suggests that the combination of … Continue Reading

Australian employee pays high price for revenge porn in the workplace

Taking a stand against jilted ex-lovers, Western Australia has joined the UK and USA to fight the war on ‘revenge porn’. Revenge porn occurs when the (either actually or imminently) ex-partner posts nude or intimate pictures or videos online without consent. In the absence of appropriate laws, perpetrators have often escaped liability. In response, countries … Continue Reading

Recruiting the youth of today – should you put away their childish things?

There are two thoughts about the recent furore surrounding young Paris Brown’s appointment, Twitter fiasco and embarrassing resignation as Youth Crime Commissioner. The first is a lesson about the recruitment process.  Stating the obvious, it pays to ensure there is a thorough assessment and selection of candidates for vacancies, particularly for high profile jobs.  One … Continue Reading

Is your social media profile showing your best side?

Fame at last!  Whincup, D. appears in the bibliography of a recent ACAS Research Paper into “Workplaces and Social Networking – the implications for employment relation”, hooray!.  Aside obviously from its reference to me, the Paper is primarily notable for the details it provides of a survey conducted by MyJobGroup.  One thousand individual respondents were … Continue Reading

Employee’s Social Media Passwords Are Private

The U.S. Congress followed Maryland’s lead and introduced bills in both houses which would prohibit employers from requiring prospective or current employees to provide their employer with passwords to their social media accounts such as Facebook and Twitter.  The bills make it an illegal invasion of the employee’s privacy. The Senate version of the law … Continue Reading

Social Media & the NLRB: Guidance for Employers

As reported earlier this year, labor and employment lawyers and human resource personnel look to new decisions to help shed light on one of the fastest growing issues for employers—managing employee use of social media.  Earlier this month, the NLRB Acting General Counsel Lafe Solomon issued a report concerning nine recent cases that the agency … Continue Reading

Should Companies Be Afraid of Employees Who Tweet?

In the current era where social media infiltrates the workplace and a recent case settled where the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) felt employees who criticized their supervisors on Facebook were engaged in protected activity, employers now have to think twice before reprimanding employees because of their “tweets.”  (For more information on recent case, see … Continue Reading
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