Law matters – employment law for start-ups & SMEs video
Employment Issues / Legal Topics / Social Media

Law matters – employment law for start-ups & SMEs video

I joined Ellie Silson at Sage UK’s London office to introduce employment law issues for SMEs and start-ups in a short video for Facebook Live. We talk about the importance of contracts and getting them right from the start; what issues employers need to look out for in the coming year and the effect of … Continue reading

Facebook’s Zuckerberg hit by hack, but he should know better
Social Media

Facebook’s Zuckerberg hit by hack, but he should know better

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was hit by hackers over the past weekend, seemingly by using the same password for multiple accounts. Despite Facebook alerting users to the risks around online security in recent years, even deploying the ‘Zuckersaurus‘ to assist users with protercting their privacy, Zuckerberg fell foul to hackers.  Twice.  Allegedly this was because he used the same password … Continue reading

Trending now: the Hashtag Trademark
In the News / Social Media

Trending now: the Hashtag Trademark

According to recent reports in the Wall Street Journal, 1,398 hashtag trademark applications were filed globally in 2015, compared with only 7 in 2010 and 103 in 2014. Although only around half of applications are currently being approved, the statistics are suggestive that hashtags are a valued commodity that warrant protection where social media dominates … Continue reading

Celebrity injunction: In the digital age, will we see a civil court with worldwide jurisdiction?
Legal Topics / Social Media

Celebrity injunction: In the digital age, will we see a civil court with worldwide jurisdiction?

If you’re reading this, I am pretty sure you will already know the real identity of PJS and YMA – the pseudonyms of a well-known celebrity married couple – who have been fighting since January to keep their names out of the British press. But in 2016, when the internet and social media drive and dominate the news and … Continue reading

Social media podcast – Five Keys To Developing And Implementing A Social Media Policy
Employment Issues / Social Media

Social media podcast – Five Keys To Developing And Implementing A Social Media Policy

Once again, I joined Krisha De to discuss some recent social media and law stories from the news. This month’s focus was social media policies.  The five key points to consider when preparing or reviewing a social media policy are: The importance of having a social media policy Make sure the policy is relevant to your organisation … Continue reading

Does tweeting brother of Masters champion need schooling in social media misconduct?
Employment Issues / Social Media

Does tweeting brother of Masters champion need schooling in social media misconduct?

He may have trended worldwide and have been labelled an overnight ‘Twitter champ’, but could Danny Willett’s school teacher brother, Peter (PJ), be disciplined for his entertaining online commentary? Whilst his brother was winning the Masters, becoming the first European champion in 17 years, PJ was live-tweeting reactions from his living room in Sheffield. As … Continue reading

Primary school teaching assistant sacked for ‘inappropriate’ Facebook underwear photos 
Employment Issues / In the News / Social Media

Primary school teaching assistant sacked for ‘inappropriate’ Facebook underwear photos 

When sharing photos of yourself on social media, how inappropriate must they be to have your employment terminated?  Even though Gemma Laird had photos from a lingerie photo shoot on her private Facebook profile, the very fact of their existence seems to have been enough for the school to dismiss her. But the story has once again sparked … Continue reading