Sunday, 8 January 2012

Facebook uses in employment tribunals

Just a few reasons I have seen as to how the dreaded fbook has featured in employment tribunals:

1) To prove that a dismissed employee has a new job
2) To show that a dismissed employee was searching for a new job way before she actually resigned for a different given reason.
3) To show that she used swear words regularly and thus showing that the use of similar words could not have violated her dignity in a harassment claim.

For Solicitors and Barristers there are risks in joining clients on social media sites - see the following:

Joining clients on facebook 'could be contrary to ethical obligations'

The Law Society has issued a practice note addressing conduct in relation to social media. Engaging in 'social media' could present challenges to the core duties of professionals...
A vital passage from the guidance is as follows: