Social media and the law – three nuggets and one blawger’s tale #ALC2013

I’m posting this from beautiful Edmonton, where I presented at the Alberta Law Conference social media session together with Diane McLeod-McKay (Alberta OIPC, Director, Alberta PIPA) and Doug Jasinski (Skunkworks Creative Group). Thank you to our Chair and warm host, uber-librarian Shaunna Mireau (Field Law). It was a nice balanced session, with a little marketing … Continue reading Social media and the law – three nuggets and one blawger’s tale #ALC2013

Access to job candidates’ password-protected social media accounts: an employer friendly perspective

Hiring an employee is a big step, and the costs of getting a hiring decision wrong can be significant. One can’t blame employers for wanting greater insight into candidates’ backgrounds, but what are the limits? Now, just as Canadian employers are grappling with searching the internet for publicly available information about candidates, a new background … Continue reading Access to job candidates’ password-protected social media accounts: an employer friendly perspective

Municipal Finance Officers’ Association – Managing Social Media Risks

A big thanks to the Municipal Finance Officers’ Association of Ontario, who invited me to speak today on managing social media risks. A presentation to a knowledgeable and engaged audience, a lunch at Blue Mountain and four hours in the car listening to e-discovery podcasts and loud Foo Fighters makes for a good day! Slides … Continue reading Municipal Finance Officers’ Association – Managing Social Media Risks

Social Media Risks and Rewards at AMO 2011

I presented yesterday at the Association of Municipalities of Ontario conference with Brian Lambie of Redbrick Communications. Brian gave great practical insight on the messaging municipalities should strive for in their social media initiatives and I discussed the kind of control structures that are necessary for reaping the benefits of social media without excessive risk. … Continue reading Social Media Risks and Rewards at AMO 2011

Advanced Social Media Management for Employment Law Practitioners

Here are some slides I used to facilitate a discussion between a group of in-house employment counsel and me and three of my Hicks Morley colleagues on Friday. We dealt with two common and difficult scenarios for employers I called “The Outside Aggravator” and the “The Wikileaks Scenario” and also the topic of online investigations. … Continue reading Advanced Social Media Management for Employment Law Practitioners

Social Media and Municipalities

Here’s a social media presentation I did yesterday at the Ontario Municipal Insurance Exchange’s annual professional development day.I’ve presented most of this content before, but my take on social media management is slowly evolving. Thanks to the post-presentation discussion yesterday I have a couple of good new issues to ponder: (1) can municipalities bar counselors … Continue reading Social Media and Municipalities

Social Media and the Hiring Process

I spoke today at The Canadian Institute’s “Managing Business and Legal Risks in Social Media” conference in Toronto. I’ve talked about this topic before, but I have advanced my thinking lately. For one, I’ve developed some new thoughts on the subject of notification and consent to conduct “internet background checks” on potential candidates. I’ve gone … Continue reading Social Media and the Hiring Process

Social Media Use by Teachers and Students: OCT Recommends Limits

The Ontario College of Teachers has recently issued a professional advisory recommending strict limits on interactions between teachers and students through social media.  The advisory emphasizes that teachers are professionals, who are held to high standards of conduct, in both their professional and private lives.  Since inappropriate electronic communications with students – including those outside … Continue reading Social Media Use by Teachers and Students: OCT Recommends Limits