WorkLife: Social Media

Our thoughts on the world of employment law - and beyond.

Don’t believe the headlines – snooping on employees’ private messages

Don’t believe the headlines – snooping on employees’ private messages

Robert Lewis considers the European Court of Human Rights Case of Barbulescu v Romania and whether newspaper reports on extensive snooping powers for employers are accurate.

Handling social media as a private client employer

Handling social media as a private client employer

Following on from Katie Lancaster's article , regarding confidentiality issues when employing staff in the home, Michal Chudy sets out some key considerations in relation to the specific issue of restricting social media use.

What goes online stays online… an employee’s reminder of the perils of Facebook

What goes online stays online… an employee’s reminder of the perils of Facebook

It is that time of year again: the kids are going back to school and many are returning to work after a few weeks off over the summer. With memories of sun and sangria fading rapidly, the use of social media tools such as Facebook provide an opportunity to share/boast/gloat about our experiences. All too often these tools are proving an employee’s downfall. Only this morning an article from the MailOnline caught my eye “ Nursery nurse, 18, suspended from her job for branding children 'w******...

Malky Mackay and the spiralling consequences of "private" text messages

Malky Mackay and the spiralling consequences of "private" text messages

As the FA and the unforgiving British press rake through offensive text messages sent by the former Cardiff City manager to his head of recruitment, we consider how Malky Mackay's private communications have made their way into the public domain.