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February 20th 2015

Not a day goes by without social media hitting the headlines in one way or another and it goes without saying that social media is now ever-present and ever-changing.

It is no secret that Facebook has provided a number of tools that make it a powerful device not just for individuals, but for businesses and brands as well, writes employment law partner Matthew Clayton.

LinkedIn now has over 347 million registered users, with two new users joining every second. Is it a ‘safe haven’ for employers who have to deal with the effects of social media in the workplace? Unfortunately not!

A significant majority of people have some form of social media involvement, whether that is through Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or one of the many other platforms. It is often thought that personal tweets which do not mention the tweeter’s employer are ‘safe’. They are not. 

Two businesses have joined forces and developed an innovative software solution to help HR managers, and those with line management responsibility, to manage human resources more efficiently and to mitigate employment law risks.

Willans LLP solicitors and HR software specialists Cloudtamers spotted a gap in the market and their market leading HR management system and legal compliance module was born. 

In recent years Parliament and the tribunals have developed a series of ‘bear traps’ which can produce unforeseen liabilities for the unwary employer. Two recent tribunal decisions provide a good illustration of this explains partner Matthew Clayton in our employment team.

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