Social Media Use Policies – Fact Versus Fiction


With the New Year now upon us, many of you may be reviewing your social media use policies in the coming weeks, in order to determine whether any changes need to be made in either their content or application.

The world of social media is fast-paced and ever-changing. This makes it extremely hard for case law relating to an employer’s ability to restrict employee use of social media to keep up with current technology and social trends. Some employers thus are waiting to create a social media use policy until the law is more settled. However, taking this approach will effectively mean a never-ending wait, and can leave you unprotected when an employee’s use of social media interferes with their or others' work and/or their (or your!) professional reputation.

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