Labour & European Law Review
17 March 2016
Social media refers to online networks that enable individuals to share and exchange an extremely broad range of information and ideas, the most well-known being Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
Because so many employees now have access to social media, whether through the internet on workplace computers or on their own smart phone, many employers have written policies setting out what employees can and cannot do during work time in terms of accessing the internet and networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook.
Surveillance in the workplace has become more sophisticated with the development of digital recording technology and, as Martin Cornforth points out in his article (Social media and the employment relationship) employers are increasingly monitoring the use of electronic systems by employees such as emails and the internet.