Agreements are ‘managing’ use of social media

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Agreements are ‘managing’ use of social media

Around 100 agreements registered with Fair Work Australia have provisions banning or controlling the use of social media by staff in relation to work matters.

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Around 100 agreements registered with Fair Work Australia (FWA) have provisions banning or controlling the use of social media by staff in relation to work matters.

The agreement provisions extend to banning staff from accessing social media during working hours, plus trying to prevent them making comments about their employers after work hours.

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The agreements refer to disciplinary action if, during working time, they use social media such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube. Some agreements threaten dismissal for breaches of the policy.

The legality of such provisions has not been fully tested in court to date. There is an obvious ‘work-related’ element, but the right of employers to control employees’ behaviour outside work hours is a controversial matter.

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