When employees are disparaged by outsiders

I spent today in Banff at the annual conference of the Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers and sat on a social media and privacy panel with David Fraser of McInnes Cooper and Philip Gordon of Littler Mendelson. I’ve put my materials below. There’s a paper on how to manage employee disparagement by individuals from outside the organization. I’ve then included my notes for the panel, which include commentary on (1) the influence of American law, (2) the significance of the Kone GPS case, (3) striking a balance when implementing new privacy-invasive policy, (4) WSIB claims resulting from disparagement, (5) the risks associated with giving employment references and (6) the duty of loyalty and fidelity of current employees.


Developing Your Social Media Policies

I presented “Developing Your Social Media Policies” today at a conference of the Association of Municipal Managers Clerks and Treasurers. It was nice to present together with two officials from the City of Barrie, who highlighted the City’s very progressive (and slick-looking) Facebook Fan page initiative, which you can check out here.

I’ve spoken lots on the subject of workplace law and social media lately, but today was more about policy, and specifically, how to use it to both empower employees and take control of how they speak about matters of corporate interest. Slides are below. Enjoy!

Managing illegitimate employee expression

I spoke at our client conference today on “managing illegitimate employee expression.” The presentation below starts with the public versus private conduct material I’ve presented on frequently of late, then moves to a topic called “when their expression becomes yours” (on how to structure corporate social media programs) and a topic called “expression by outsiders” (on managing illegal communications targeted at employees and attacking the employer’s own repuation). I hope these are helpful.