The Department of Defence found its workplace investigation of an IT worker and subsequent dismissal under fire from the Fair Work Commission.
Despite relatively serious allegations of excessive personal internet use in the workplace, when the employer’s HR investigation was put under the FWC’s microscope a number of fundamental flaws were exposed.
An important lesson for any employer who wants to be able to stop employees whiling away their work hours surfing the internet.
Social media misuse by employees continues to present unique challenges to employers.
Two recent dismissal cases demonstrate the delicate balance between an employer’s right to control the out of hours use of social media by employees and the communications about work related matters by employees on social media that are regarded as truly private.
Read on to understand the key differences between these two recent cases, and how their outcomes affect your next social media workplace investigation.