Compensation Claim: How a Lawyer Can Help You

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Compensation Claim: How a Lawyer Can Help You

My name is Fran. When I was involved in a road traffic accident, my world was all shook up. Not only did I have to spend some time in the hospital, meaning that I couldn't go to work, I also had to deal with the insurance company. All of this would have been overwhelming if it wasn't for the fact I had some legal help. I had never had to instruct a lawyer to act on my behalf, but it turned out to be the best thing I ever did. My lawyer was able to file a claim for compensation which covered the cost of my medical care and the earnings I had lost due to my injury. Now I am back to full health, so I decided to start this blog to help people who need a lawyer.


Why Employers Need to Create a Clear Social Media Policy In Order to Avoid Problems

At the time when Facebook launched, social media was virtually unheard of, yet as we know today it, along with many other platforms, is an integral part of society and the daily routine for millions of people. Yet social media is still a bit like the Wild West in legal terms and many businesses and individuals are finding out the hard way that there is no particular rule book for online behaviour. What do you need to know in order to determine whether social media etiquette breaches any laws?

What's at Risk

A number of cases have arisen recently where an individual has been terminated due to something he or she posted through a social media platform. Some of these individuals have disputed whether the termination was legal or fair, questioning the right to free speech.

Clear Policy

Of course, a social media account may well belong to the individual, but in certain cases the individual can represent the employer even though they are not 'on the clock', so to speak. But to be safe, the employer should have a clearly worded clause or two within their contract of employment to lay out exactly what is and isn't acceptable, whether it's related to work or not.

Regular Training

As it is in the best interests of both employee and employer to understand where the line is and not to cross it, employers should conduct regular trainings so that all employees are fully aware of best practices. This is not an employer trying to dictate what appears on the social media timeline, but it must clearly indicate the limits regarding work-related mentions or posts that are controversial in general terms.

Proving Harm

Courts will generally rule in favour of an employer that's created a very clear policy relating to social media use, both within and outside of the workplace. It will be necessary to prove, however, that the post in question not just violated policy, but also potentially harmed the employer's business or reputation.

The Importance of Consistency

Finally, it is also important for any employer to be consistent in dealing with potential infringements. It's not a good idea for one clear violation to be overlooked, whereas another results in a sanction. This inconsistency can play out badly in a court of law for the employer.

As an employer, if you're unsure how to create a workable social media policy get in touch with lawyers.