Can an employee refuse to log on to Facebook via shoulder surfing?

Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A NI on 2 September 2015
Arthur Cox
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Looking generally at this very topical area, being the use of social media in the workplace, a string of recent cases have provided a potent reminder of the perils of posting about your workplace or colleagues, especially where this is in clear breach of your employer’s social media policy.

What has been highlighted is how the tribunals are prepared to uphold an employer’s decision to dismiss an employee for their social media comments regardless of the fact that there may have been privacy settings in place to restrict posts to a limited group of friends and family.

The tribunals’ message appears clear: once your workplace comments are posted on a social media site, they transcend the

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