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Social Media in Your Business

Over the last few months, I have been working with a colleague from our IP practice group (Stephanie Vaccari) and from our Competition & Technology practice group (Arlan Gates) to develop a cross-disciplinary social media team at my office.  Together, we have been able to tackle social media issues from all angles, and to walk … Continue Reading

Terms of Service and Employee Social Media Passwords

Over the last couple of months, there has been an interesting debate in Canada and the US about whether an employer can ask for a social media password. For some of the highlights of the conversation in Ontario, see: Toronto Star article on March 20, 2012; Dan Michaluk at All About Information; Andrew Langille’s blog Youth and Work; and David … Continue Reading

The Natural Connection Between Social Media Legal Issues & Employment Law

Businesses do not experience the impact of social media in fragmented departmental silos. Rather, social media is an inherently cross-department, internal and external experience for most organizations. Employees, clients, third party providers, experts, consumers, journalists and competitors all participate in social media about your organization, whether or not invited to do so. And regardless of whether you are … Continue Reading

Clawbie 2011 Nominations

Here are my last minute Clawbie nominations.  This year, there are way too many excellent Canadian legal blogs to choose from, so here is my unscientific and utterly biased criteria: Must focus on employment and labour law (because frankly, I rarely have time to read other blogs and wouldn’t have a clue anyway). Must be … Continue Reading

Top 25 Blogs of 2011 Nomination

I have recently had the honour of being nominated for the LexisNexis Top 25 Labor and Employment Law Blogs of 2011.  Despite even LexisNexis spelling “labour” incorrectly, I feel quite humbled and privileged to be included on the list. My Shameless Plug Now for my shameless plug – LexisNexis is inviting readers to visit their … Continue Reading

Summer Reading

For all you poor souls at a beautiful cottage this hot, sunny summer with nothing better to do but read about employment and human rights law, here’s a brief list of good reads to consider (and with everyone now using some sort of tablet, you can download the info before heading up to the lake): Think … Continue Reading

Social Checks on Potential Candidates

Good employers always conduct a reference check to determine whether to hire a candidate.  With the world of online communications, however, how far should an employer go when researching the background of a potential candidate?  At what point does that legitimate research become inappropriate snooping into a person’s private life? I posted on the topic of social media in the … Continue Reading

Social Media in the Workplace: Reliable Evidence?

Should an employer friend his or her employees on Facebook? Connect on LinkedIn, follow on Twitter or read an employee’s blog? There is no consensus and employers continue to grapple with the role of social media in the workplace – and the role employers should take within these vehicles of communication.  The more difficult question is not … Continue Reading
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