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

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

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’
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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

£35,000 Facebook Libel Claim Succeeds Against Anonymous Troll
Employment Issues / Social Media

£35,000 Facebook Libel Claim Succeeds Against Anonymous Troll

The BBC has reported a case in Northern Ireland in which a High Court judge has awarded damages of £35,000 against an unknown person who defamed people on Facebook. The identities of the three individuals who were libelled directly and by implication – and the business in which they worked – have not been revealed at the request of … Continue reading