Revenge porn is the well-publicised tip of the iceberg
Social Media

Revenge porn is the well-publicised tip of the iceberg

Revenge porn is back in the news after reports that the first woman to be convicted of the offence, Paige Mitchell, has been spared a jail term. Stigma following the publication of intimate images online can cause harm and distress way beyond some initial embarrassment, however. The growing number of explicit images being shared online, specifically without the … Continue reading

BBC World Business Report: New York’s fast-food workers set for unprecedented pay-rise
Employment Issues / In the News

BBC World Business Report: New York’s fast-food workers set for unprecedented pay-rise

A wages board in New York State has recommended raising the minimum wage for fast-food workers to $15 per hour by 2018 in New York City and 2021 across the rest of the State. I joined the BBC World Business Report to discuss the impact of the move. Earlier this year, some cities including Seattle, San … Continue reading

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

BOOKING NOW OPEN: Social Media Week, London
Employment Issues / Social Media

BOOKING NOW OPEN: Social Media Week, London

I’ll be hosting a series of events during Social Media Week, all of which are FREE to attend (yes, FREE!) Covering a wide range of topics suitable for businesses, charities, directors, managers and employees, four events will run at a number of locations all within walking distance of Old Street’s Silicone Roundabout. The events are: 23 September … Continue reading

HR3.0 – managing employees in the digital world
Employment Issues / Social Media

HR3.0 – managing employees in the digital world

The unstoppable rise in social media presents both opportunities and challenges for HR professionals. A basic understanding of what is on offer and an appreciation of the inherent risks is essential for the good management and control of this often wayward communications tool. Social media is a phenomenon. For example, in just over 10 short … Continue reading

I’ve started so I’ll finish: planning your social media strategy
Social Media

I’ve started so I’ll finish: planning your social media strategy

It is no secret that businesses can benefit from using social media effectively.  National and international brands have managed their social media presence so well that new customers have come to them to share in the fun and old customers have remained loyal.  But if at first you don’t succeed, should you give up and move on or … Continue reading

Employee shareholders: a new way of working
Employment Issues / In the News

Employee shareholders: a new way of working

I was invited to join the BBC’s Your Money programme (video below) to discuss the introduction of employee shareholders under the Growth and Infrastructure Act 2013.  Although the provisions are introduced from 1 September 2013, there remains some uncertainty about how they will change we work and how many employers will embrace them. In essence, this is … Continue reading

Dismissed buttock-tweeting rugby star awarded £150,000 damages
Employment Issues / Social Media

Dismissed buttock-tweeting rugby star awarded £150,000 damages

A Yorkshire rugby star sacked after a photo of a teammate’s bottom appeared on his Twitter feed has been awarded almost £150,000 for wrongful dismissal following a hearing in Leeds. Keith Mason has been awarded significant damages after his former Rugby Super League club Huddersfield Giants, for which he had played seven seasons, dismissed him … Continue reading