Social Media at Work

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Social media and the labour lawAn Introductory Workshop to the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Date: To Be Announced Venue: To Be Announced City: JHB/DBN/CPT Time: 09.00 Duration: 1/2 day Cost per Delegate: R1 850.00 Group Bookings: Bookings of 2 or more delegates qualify for a 10% discount. Out-of-town Delegates: If you are flying in from out-of-town in order to attend, we will give you a 10% discount on the cost of the workshop.
  • Are your employees spending more time on social media sites than they are doing their job?
  • Are employees badmouthing the boss or the Organisation to their cyberhood?
  • Has the Organisation's toilet become the in place to blog-roll?
  • Do you have twitterers (or is that tweeters) on your payroll, who threaten workplace harmony through their “personal” tweets, posts and boasts?
  • Are any of your former employees breaching their restraints of trade through social media fora?
If you have answered YES or I DON’T KNOW to any one of these questions then the writing is on your WALL! Because that’s just the start! More and more we see and read about employees who have used a social media forum to badmouth the boss or perpetrate some other kind of mischief that impacts the workplace. And we’re not just talking about employees in low profile, private-sector positions here either, folks. Not that we want to 'Weiner’ on about it! With the alarming pace of development in the application of social media, the law, HR and ER practices have been slow to catch up. Only two things are for certain:
  • the use, application and influence of social media in the workplace will continue to spread and to increase in the years to come; and
  • there is no time like NOW to start taking measures in the workplace which harness the benefits of social media , while protecting it against potential employee mischief.
Employers must adapt to the social media revolution and the significant changes and challenges it has brought to the employment landscape. Link with us for this half day workshop and take away a mega byte of practical knowledge to help you embrace the benefits and meet the challenges of the social media revolution at work!


08.30-09.00: Registration 09.00-09.45: “Social Media Law” in South Africa 09.45-10.30: Social Misconduct in the workplace. What is this and how do you limit your Organisation's exposure to the CCMA and other law suits arising from the inappropriate use of Social Media by employees ? 10.45-11.00: Refreshments 11.00-11.45: Harnessing the power and influence of social media in HR and ER practices 11.45-12.30: Case Law – fact and prediction 12.30: Lunch and social networking opportunity in real time and a real space.

Outcomes of the workshop

In this workshop we will survey:
  • the tapestry of laws in South Africa governing the use of Social Media in the workplace including the Common Law (vicarious liability); The Constitution; Regulation and Inception of Electronic Communications Act (RICA) Interception: The Labour Relations Act and Employment Equity Act;
  • workplace strategies that can be used to limit your Organisations exposure to the CCMA and other law suites arising from the inappropriate use of Social Media by employees
  • the many ways that Social media can be applied for the benefit of your workplace in HR and ER practices; and
  • domestic and international case law concerning the use of social media in the workplace.

Take Away

Each delegate will also be given:
  • Templates of Social Media Policies for customisation in your workplace
  • Tips regarding the DO’s and DON’TS around social media in the workplace
  • A list of resources and articles which will assist you in dealing with workplace issues centred around social media.

Who should attend this workshop?

  • Business owners
  • Human Resource staff
  • Employment Relations staff
  • Managers and Supervisors
  • Staff involved in workplace investigations and disciplinary issues
  • Trade Union Officials
  • Shopstewards
  • Members of any Employee Representative Committee
  • Members of an Employment Equity Committee

Our presenter: Vanessa Henry BA LLB

Henry Attorneys courses are compiled and presented by subject matter experts and industry specialists to ensure the highest and most current standard of excellence in all our workshops and training. Vanessa was an assistant to the Cheadle Commission, appointed by the Minister of Labour to draft the new Labour Relations Act. and assisted in the establishment of the Commission for Conciliation Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA). Vanessa worked at the CCMA and the International Labour Organisation (ILO), (where she received extensive experience in the development and delivery of employment law related training). She has also managed Employment Relations and developed training material. Vanessa has litigated for and consulted to the Public and Private sector. She has also trained ER for many of South Africa's leading Companies and Organisations. Vanessa is an accredited trainer and assessor with the Services SETA. Register now Contact Us

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