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Twitter terminations: Sexist tweets found to constitute just cause for termination

Since the beginning of time, employees have privately complained about work and made inappropriate comments to friends and family. Today, however, this venting is happening over the Internet. The internet has major reach and many employees, including professors, sports figures, comedians and writers, have already been terminated because of their Facebook and Twitter activity.

 

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

Three of the most popular articles on HRinfodesk this week deal with a worker’s right of action; WSIB mental health stress test; and, employer liability under Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation.

 

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Train your employees: It’s more beneficial than you think!

Even if you’re running a small business, it’s tough to scrape out the cost of training your new hires from your earnings…

 

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Three of the most popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with privacy in the workplace, using social media in recruiting and managing and the enactment of a Bill to make the Human Resources Professionals Association of Ontario a regulatory body.

 

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Most-viewed articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three most viewed articles on HRinfodesk this week deal with dismissal without cause in the federally regulated sector; how an employer is allowed to discipline an employee for a discriminatory Facebook posting; and a commentary on when are the baby boomers going to start retiring and free up their jobs for the next generations.

 

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Customer contacts on LinkedIn = Property of the employer

Ever since the days that employment law was referred to as “master and servant” law, employees have owed various common-law duties and, for some employees, fiduciary obligations to their employer. These obligations take many forms, but key is that an employee cannot misappropriate an employer’s confidential or proprietary information. In the days before social media, this was fairly easy to describe. Generally speaking, an employee could not print or email to himself a copy of the employer’s customer list, and then use that list to compete against the employer. But what if that customer list is not a document, but is kept on a LinkedIn page?

 

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Your organization needs a social media policy

More than 19 million Canadians check Facebook at least once per month and 14 million check every day. There are more than 200 million active users of Twitter, and around 400 million tweets sent daily. LinkedIn boasts 8 million Canadian users. These stats confirm what you probably already know: your employees are on social media. They are likely on social media multiple times a day, which means that they are likely using social media at work.

 

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Facebook posting about co-worker = workplace harassment

In a recent case the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal found that a facebook posting about a co-worker’s Mexican heritage was prohibited workplace harassment under the Human Rights Code .

 

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Do you need a social media policy?

It is understandably frustrating for employers and human resources managers to try keep up with social media trends. It seems that as soon as employers (or anyone over the age of 25) has figured out the latest social media tool, the masses have moved on to the next one. Likewise it is almost impossible to amend or adapt a “social media” policy with each shift in trend.

 

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Internal communications during a workplace related crisis

Rob Ford fired his Chief of Staff, Mark Towhey and Steven Harper accepted the “resignation” of his Chief of Staff, Nigel Wright, the week of May 23, 2013 which has surely been the one of the worst weeks for Chiefs of Staff in Canada for a while.

 

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2012 Clawbies announced ― First Reference Talks is proud to have won an award

The Clawbie Awards have been announced. First Reference Talks is proud to have won a #Clawbie2012 award in the category of Legal Culture.

 

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‘Tis the season to have an office holiday party

The holiday season is upon us! Lights are being strung on houses, trees are going up in family rooms and the snow is beginning to stick to the ground. For most people, this time of year is all about shopping, cooking and baking and hosting in-laws over the holidays, however for employers another thing is probably on your mind; the office holiday party.

 

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Three most outstanding Canadian law blogs of 2012

On December 3, 2012, the 7th annual Canadian Law Blog Awards (a.k.a. the Clawbies) started receiving nominations for the best outstanding Canadian law blogs for 2012. Closing date to submit your choices is Thursday December 27th, with the winners being announced on New Year’s Eve here.

 

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