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What are your legal rights about social media?

With the explosion of social media, there are challenging obligations and responsibilities that are created. Your employees can express themselves about literally anything, and some of these views could damage your company.

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Labour brokers could go broke

The cost of employee benefits is spiralling, having to deal with trade unions is often painful, the complexity of dismissing undesirable employees is frightening, and the cost of dealing with CCMA disputes and strike action is immeasurable.

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Can you discipline an employee for their comments on social media?

The recent dismissal of a staff member at a daily newspaper in Johannesburg for making inappropriate comments on Twitter about the publication poses new dilemmas for South African employers: Can they forbid their employees from disclosing their company’s identity on Facebook, Twitter or other social media profiles? Moreover, is it within the employer’s rights to discipline an employee who refuses to comply?

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You must have rules for your employees

You may, after you have implemented the necessary statutory procedures properly, dismiss employees and give one of the following as the reason:  

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What happens when an employee refuses to retire but he’s fired instead?

This is exactly what happened in the Labour Appeals Court case: Karan t/a Karan Beef Feedlot v Randall – (2012) 21 LAC 1.11.52. Let’s take a look at the background of the case.

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