Beware The Social Media Employment Law Pitfalls28th Sep 2015
Social media is becoming a growing employment law risk to unwary employers, Coles Miller warned business leaders at a DCCI networking lunch.
Recent media reports over a brief comment by one LinkedIn user on another user’s profile photo demonstrate how easily a few words can suddenly go viral - with unfortunate consequences.
Poole employment law solicitor Neil Andrews - a Partner at Coles Miller - highlighted the case when he addressed a DCCI (Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry) networking lunch at Chewton Glen.
“Never post anything on social media that you would not say directly to your employer - especially not on LinkedIn which is the serious business and professional social network,” he said.
“Social media law is still at an early stage. There have been a number of recent cases which have been helpful in providing legal guidance to employers and employees.
“But social media is a fast changing sector. Employers must always remain mindful of this and should always exercise great caution.
“Employers should always have a social media policy. They should share it with all employees so they know what is expected of them and what would happen if they were to breach the policy.”
It is important to take expert legal advice in the formulation of this policy and to review it regularly to ensure that it remains relevant and that changes to social media do not create any loopholes.
Coles Miller’s employment law team in Bournemouth, Poole, Christchurch and Wimborne offers expert legal advice on matters including business reorganisations, TUPE, unfair dismissal, discrimination, equal pay, restrictive covenants, health and safety, data protection, maternity and paternity rights and holiday entitlement.
For further information, please contact Coles Miller Partner Neil Andrews, who leads the firm’s Commercial Department, 01202 355695.