Office politics – avoiding clashes in the run up to GE2015
Employment Issues / In the News

Office politics – avoiding clashes in the run up to GE2015

 As we move ever closer to election day, the dangers of discussing politics in the office, the pub or at home become ever more present.  Sometimes the stakes can be high.  Thinking about this, I recently wrote a feature for City AM’s Office Politics section, discussing political ding-dongs, in the office.  The article is reproduced … Continue reading

Guest blog – Social media and recruitment: a useful tool?
Employment Issues / Social Media

Guest blog – Social media and recruitment: a useful tool?

Recent research suggests that more than half of all UK jobseekers use social media sites in their search for employment and an increasing number of employers are taking advantage of this growing trend by adapting and supplementing traditional recruitment processes with social media-based methods. However, there are a number of potential pitfalls and regular guidance … Continue reading

Businesses and employees must protect themselves against ‘frape’
Social Media

Businesses and employees must protect themselves against ‘frape’

Frequently, employees who are accused of inappropriate behaviour on social media sites will blame someone else. “I didn’t write that” may sometimes seem like a convenient passing of the buck, but online identity theft – however temporary – is very real and can have serious consequences. You may not be familiar with such vulgar words … Continue reading

Eweida v United Kingdom: Balancing human rights and employment rights
Employment Issues / In the News

Eweida v United Kingdom: Balancing human rights and employment rights

When will an employer’s interference with an employee’s right to manifest their religion and beliefs be considered proportionate? Kevin Poulter considers the issue raised by the European Court of Human Rights’ (ECtHR) judgment in Eweida v United Kingdom. Eweida v United Kingdom ((Application Nos 48420/10, 59842/10, 51671/10 and 36516/10) [2013] ECHR 48420/10, [2013] All ER … Continue reading

Are ‘Spotted’ pages setting students up for a fall?
Social Media

Are ‘Spotted’ pages setting students up for a fall?

An article in the Guardian has described a new trend amongst students.  ‘Spotted’ pages have been set up to allow those studying in university libraries to distract themselves by anonymously posting comments about other students in an online forum on Facebook.  Although there seems to be an inevitable movement from harmless joviality and flirtation to pointed abuse extending beyond … Continue reading