What steps can we take to protect the business from employees publishing damaging material about it on a blog or networking site?

Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A NI on 3 May 2011
Arthur Cox
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If the comments otherwise damage the employer’s reputation or are intended or likely to destroy the relationship of trust and confidence between employer and employee, discipline and dismissal may be a legitimate course of action.

In the absence of any express contractual clause, an employee has implied duties of fidelity to their employer and not to bring their employer into disrepute. This duty extends to the employee’s off-duty time. Therefore if the employee has posted damaging material regarding the employer then it is possible that he or she has committed a conduct offence.

Furthermore, the employer should ask the employee to remove the offending posts. If that fails they can ask the

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Arthur Cox
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