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13 March 2013

Melanie Crowley, Partner in our Employment Law team, spoke on RTÉ Radio 1's Morning Ireland show about Social Media and Employment on Tuesday 12 March.  You can listen to Melanie's interview here which starts at 30 seconds.

Melanie also appeared on RTÉ News One on 12 March.  You can watch her appearance here, from 17min40sec.

Highlights of the appearance are included below:

MORE LITIGATION FROM MISUSE OF SOCIAL MEDIA - Social media policies are becoming increasingly common in the workplace as more and more cases emerge of litigation against an employer or employee arising from the misuse of such media. Ireland has one of the highest penetrations of social media users in Europe and the numbers are growing, according to the most recent data.

Melanie Crowley, a partner in employment law with Mason, Hayes and Curran, says such policies are becoming increasingly common as it is important to set out where it can be used and to know what an employee can monitor. "Also the question arises as to who owns the content on Twitter and LinkedIn. From that perspective, a policy is very important and increasingly common in use," Melanie Crowley says.

There are hundreds of examples of people being dismissed by their employers for their practices online, Ms Crowley says. "Employees think posting something is private but they forget that 25% of the billion users on Facebook have no privacy settings," she adds. Ms Crowley points out that employers have an obligation to their employees when it comes to the area of cyberbullying. "The responsibility to an employee extends beyond the four walls of the workplace and beyond the 9 to 5 nature of work. It extends to how employees treat, or mistreat, each other on social media,'' she states.

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