Tweeting ‘#bloodycyclists’ motorist suspended from her job
Employment Issues / Social Media

Tweeting ‘#bloodycyclists’ motorist suspended from her job

A trainee accountant who has achieved nationwide noteriety after allegedly hitting then tweeting about “#bloodycyclists” is reported to have been suspended from her job. Emma Way tweeted that she had ‘definitely knocked a cyclist off his biker earlier – I have right of way he doesn’t even pay road tax #bloodycyclists’.  As a result of her tweet, … Continue reading

DVLA disciplines employees for using Facebook at work
Employment Issues / Social Media

DVLA disciplines employees for using Facebook at work

Following a freedom of information request by think tank Parliament Street, it  has been reported that a DVLA civil servant has been dismissed for breaching the ban on using social media whilst at work, even though he was using his own phone. Details have also been disclosed about 3 other employees from the Swansea based Driver and … 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

Should employers follow criminal guidelines when considering social media misconduct?
Employment Issues / Social Media

Should employers follow criminal guidelines when considering social media misconduct?

In December 2012, Keir Starmer, the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) set out interim guidelines for the prosecution of people who misuse social media, but are these suitable for use in the workplace? As a result of an increase in the number of allegations the Crown Prosecution Service has had to deal with – about … Continue reading

HMV employees go rogue as attention turns to them
Employment Issues / Social Media

HMV employees go rogue as attention turns to them

Whether it’s real or the work of mischievous hackers, an outburst on Twitter today, seemingly from the troubled retailer’s own employees, highlights a problem many employers may face in the coming years. HMV’s  62,561 Twitter followers received a twenty minute tirade of messages from workers in the process of being dismissed. Initially light-hearted, the missives soon … Continue reading