Dating apps booming despite sevenfold rise in reported crimes
In the News / Social Media / Solicitors Journal

Dating apps booming despite sevenfold rise in reported crimes

The number of reported crimes involving sites such as Tinder and Grindr has increased sevenfold in the last two years, according to figures released from 30 police forces across England and Wales. Only 55 crimes were reported to the police in 2013, rising to 204 in 2014 and again to 412 last year. Crimes of … Continue reading

Social media misconduct – no formal guidance but some sensible rules
Employment Issues / Social Media / Solicitors Journal

Social media misconduct – no formal guidance but some sensible rules

Although the EAT has not yet provided guidance on dealing with social media-related conduct issues, there are some elements of a recent decision that employers can learn from, writes Kevin Poulter An employee dismissed for posting ‘banter’ on Facebook several years before initially succeeded in his claim for unfair dismissal, but that decision has now … Continue reading

Radical reform of Employment Tribunals needed
Employment Issues / In the News / Solicitors Journal

Radical reform of Employment Tribunals needed

Last month, the Law Society declared that the employment tribunal system is in urgent need of a complete overhaul. But can the complexity and cost of the current system be resolved? The Law Society’s new and ‘efficient’ employment tribunal structure proposes that all disputes would be dealt with in a ‘single jurisdiction’ consisting of four levels.  Simple claims, … Continue reading

Forcing companies to publish men’s and women’s pay won’t give the full picture
Employment Issues / In the News / Solicitors Journal

Forcing companies to publish men’s and women’s pay won’t give the full picture

Employment law expert Kevin Poulter has said legislation forcing larger employees to publish gender pay gap information is a ‘step in the right direction’, but could become a ‘noisy distraction from the real issues.’ David Cameron announced this week that he will go ahead with plans to force firms to release data on differences between … Continue reading

Riding the social media roller coaster of ‘good taste’
Social Media / Solicitors Journal

Riding the social media roller coaster of ‘good taste’

It is no secret that social media offers a world of opportunity, from simple communications to sophisticated marketing. Sometimes, however, those opportunities are best left undiscovered, as one law firm found out all too well. Most of us will look at the message above, perhaps screwing our faces slightly or gently shaking our heads. On … Continue reading