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

‘Sexting’ schoolkids jeopardise future employment opportunities
Legal Topics / Social Media

‘Sexting’ schoolkids jeopardise future employment opportunities

A 14-year-old boy has been added to a national police database after sending a naked picture of himself to classmate via Snapchat. The uncontrollable rise in sexting amongst children must be tackled, but is punishment the right solution? Although the unnamed boy was not arrested or charged, the incident – which the police became aware … Continue reading

Capping public sector redundancy payments is only half the story
Employment Issues

Capping public sector redundancy payments is only half the story

Sold as an end to ‘golden goodbyes’, a cap on redundancy payments for public sector workers is set to be introduced by legislation following promises made in the Queen’s speech. But the true impact will be felt much further. The Guardian reported that: A legally binding £95,000 cap is to be imposed on redundancy payments … Continue reading

Are emojis ever office appropriate? *arched eyebrow face*
Employment Issues / Social Media

Are emojis ever office appropriate? *arched eyebrow face*

Emojis, the ever-expanding range of pictorial icons used to supplement text-messages and social media, are entering workplace vocabulary. Is it time for businesses to embrace ‘text speak’ or should the office be emoji exempt? The news that 76% of U.S. workers use little yellow faces in their day-to-day work-related emails is at odds with the … 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