HR professionals were urged to review their social networking policies to avoid falling foul of the law, at an employment law briefing.
And employees must be trained in those policies to prevent them having a get-out clause in the event of disciplinary action.
These were just two of the issues highlighted at the Employment Law Briefing, staged by Hegarty LLP Solicitors in conjunction with Anne Corder Recruitment.
Employment law expert Martin Bloom discussed the whole issue of social networking and the workplace with around 70 delegates at the Deafblind UK Conference Centre in Hampton, Peterborough.
“Five years ago these issues simply didn’t exist. Now cyber-bullying, offensive comments on Twitter and inappropriate use of Facebook are hitting the headlines regularly,” he said. “Courts are actively developing laws for situations you could never have imagined not so long ago.”
The event was introduced by Anne Corder, of Anne Corder Recruitment. She said: “This is a fast moving area of employment law and one that it is vital every employer keeps on top of. This is an issue I am sure we will be revisiting at future law briefings as the landscape continues to change.”