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21 January 2011
Don Richards who handled BC’s first Facebook termination is quoted in an article in the January issue of Lexpert.
The article discusses the increasingly frequent need to “balance a respect for an individual’s privacy against the need to respond to the risks and liabilities arising from employees’ prolific – and often unguarded – use of social networks, texting and other electronic communications.”
The case was heard by Labour Board Vice-Chair Allison Matacheskie who found in favour of Don Richards’ client and concluded that the employees in this situation “could not have a serious expectation of privacy when publishing comments on their Facebook websites.”
The article goes on to say that in a recent survey of large American firms some 17 per cent were having issues with employee use of social media, while 8 per cent had fired someone in connection with social media use.
To view a copy of the article please click here.
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