In our May newsletter we announced that, like many employers, 2011 has seen us expand into the world of social networking with Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn pages.
In June I wrote about cases which have resulted from the use of social media and informed subscribers about the social media policy which we have added to our library of template documents.
ACAS has now endorsed this approach with guidance published for employers about dealing with social networking. Employers are advised to draw up a policy on social networking, treating “electronic behaviour” on the same way as “non-electronic behaviour” and reacting reasonably to issues concerning social networking by asking “what is the likely impact on the organisation?”.
Factsheets have been issued which cover:
- managing performance
- discipline and grievances
- defamation, data protection and privacy
The ACAS guidance can be accessed here.