As a nod to the increasing frequency and complexity of social media issues in the workplace, this year’s Law Society of Upper Canada’s Special Lectures is “Employment Law and the New Workplace in the Social Media Age”. As a two day presentation on April 25 and 26, 2012, the schedule presents a broad array of speakers and panelists, including several high profile speakers from Canada and the US. This will no doubt be a comprehensive look at social media in the workplace.
I have the honour of joining Stuart Rudner and Ari Blicker on a panel chaired by Janice Rubin, taking place both on days to discuss the issue of “Professionalism Issues for Lawyers as Employees and Employers Using Social Media”.
As we all start to jump into social media as a legal marketing tool, it raises many questions about client-solicitor privilege, inadvertently creating client relationships, disseminating legal advice vs information, how communications on an internal social media platform should be treated, and more. In fact, in one of our prep calls, we had difficulties confining the broad range of professionalism issues into the two half hour sessions.
Am looking forward to the discussions, and to meet many of my virtual colleagues in real life!
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"The Game Has Changed. Are You Ready? You can no longer afford to play by the old rules.
Register Today for the Special Lectures presentation of:
Employment Law and the New Workplace in the Social Media Age
April 25 & 26, 2012
Live in Toronto/Live Webcast
Law practitioners have long recognized the dangers that social media presents in the office. The safe move, in the early days, was to avoid it. That's no longer an option. Social media is becoming as fundamental to the workplace as e-mail.
- Do you have a social media policy?
- Can you confidently advise your clients on their social media concerns?
- Do you understand the issues raised by gaps in the law?
As part of our Special Lectures series, we've assembled lawyers, human resources professionals, as well as technology, security, and social media experts, to get you up to speed on employment law in the context of the social media age.
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