Social media misuse in the workplace is a hot topic for today’s employers and in many respects the law is still catching up with modern technology. Be that as it may, it is essential that employers have the right workplace policies in place so that employees are left in no doubt as to where their employer’s social media boundaries lie.
In this article we profile how an employee discovered the pitfalls of workplace misconduct involving social media – the hard way.
Read how the employer’s social media policy and watertight workplace investigation, overcame an employee’s dishonest denials about Facebook misuse and resulted in the employer’s disciplinary action being upheld by the FWC.
Comments by employees on social media, which are critical of their workplace and the actions of managers, readily draw the ire of employers.
In hard-fought appeal case, Fair Work Australia refused to overturn a decision that an employee’s dismissal was unfair, despite disagreeing that the offending comments about two managers had the “the flavour of a conversation in a pub or cafe”.
Read on to discover why the employer lost even though FWA accepted that the Facebook comments were “distasteful” “uncomplimentary” and “disgusting” …