Social Media: an Employment Law Briefing

2015-02-25 Jennifer Renney posted:

The last year has seen an incredible growth in the number of workplace disputes due to the use and abuse of the internet, email and social media. Employment Tribunals and the High Court are now handing down judgments on claims for unfair dismissal, harassment and discrimination involving the misuse of social media. Employers are right to be concerned about the impact on their business and need to understand what rights and responsibilities they have regarding the use of social media by their staff, and how to ensure they are not infringing rights of privacy by monitoring its use.

Employment law is one of the fastest developing areas of law where even a small mistake or a brief error of judgement can be costly. Keeping on top of ever changing legislation and best practice can be time consuming and challenging for any business.

How can we help local employers? An Employment Law Briefing on Social Media in the Workplace...

This briefing aims to help you identify the main legal issues you need to be aware of to ensure your business is properly protected. It will focus on:

  • Monitoring online activity: what is legal?
  • Ownership of social media/business contacts
  • Misconduct leading to harassment, bullying and discrimination
  • Excessive use of emails/internet for personal use
  • Taking disciplinary action
  • Damage to the employer’s reputation
  • Social Media policies

If you are a business owner, HR professional, or a director or manager who deals with employees, you will find this informal seminar of great benefit.

Monday 23rd March 4.30pm until 6.00pm
Registration: 4.00pm for tea and coffee
Francis Hotel, Queen Square, Bath BA1 2HH

Many of you have requested we also look at the use of "zero-hours" contracts. We will be talking about these briefly and the government's proposed reforms.

The briefing – presented by Jennifer Renney-Butland, Principal Solicitor at Renney and Co and Philip McCabe, Senior Associate Solicitor will guide you through best practice and recent cases.

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This is the first occasion that I have needed the services of an Employment Solicitor and viewed the prospect with a certain amount of trepidation. I need not have worried. Philip McCabe took me through the process with sympathy and understanding. He gave me sound advice and when needed acted promptly and effectively bringing matters to a successful conclusion. I would recommend his services to anyone.



I would like to thank you for your advice and assistance on this matter. I was more than satisfied with your service and have already recommended you to an ex colleague.

Client on 17th March 2015