Social media policies: What works best in light of case law?

A look at some notable cases with key implications for employers
By George Waggott and Chandra Ewing
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 07/06/2016

The use of social media in the workplace has exploded in recent years — and employers are struggling to keep up. It’s not surprising, given the easier access to the Internet, the persistent popularity of mobile devices and the introduction of new social media outlets. 

A look back at notable Canadian decisions and events demonstrates the need for both employees and employers to understand how social media use fits into traditional employment and labour concepts. Social media policies need to be integrated into companies’ existing policies on protection of privacy and confidential information, workplace safety, conduct in the workplace and discipline.

Notable cases