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21 January 2011

Don Richards Appears in Lexpert Workplace Privacy Article

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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