Social Media: Strategies to Reduce Risk for Employers

9:00 am Free L2/155 Queen Street, Brisbane

Social media is powerful. Social media is easily accessible. Social media is omnipresent. And, it’s popularity is not getting any lower.

With Social media, there comes plenty of risks. Posts can be considered bullying, if and when if the posts are viewed at work. Posts may also represent the company, which could be damaging to the company’s reputation.

You may be able to learn the strategies to minimise social media risks to protect your business. This workshop will be led by Melanie Thorley, principal director and director of MJT Law; and Chris De Santana, a solicitor who specialises in employment law.

In this workshop, you will understand:

• The legal risk associated with inappropriate use of social media
• When an employer will be vicariously liable for a post
• How to create a working policy to minimise risk
• Evaluate if your current policy is adequate to protect your business
• Disciplinary actions you can take when a policy is not followed

About Melanie Thorley, Principal Director, MJT Law

Melanie has been working in the legal industry for ten years, specialising and practicing areas of employment and industrial relations matters. Melanie founded her practice, MJT Law, in 2014 and since received recommendation in the Doyles listing of leading Employee focused Queensland Employment Law Firms in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020. Being a strong believer in technology and innovation and is active on Facebook, YouTube and also have a fortnightly podcast, Melanie is excited to explore and share what social media means to our workplaces as it blurs the boundaries between personal and professional life.

About Chris De Santana, Solicitor – Associate, MJT Law

Chris has more than four years in the legal industry and now specialises in employment and industrial relations. He is also a mentor for QUT. Joining Melanie in the fortnightly podcast, #TheLawcast, Chris has extensive understanding of the power of digital communication. Drawing from his experience as a young lawyer, Chris is able to provide a unique and intriguing insight into how many employees perceive social media and its role within both personal and professional life.

9:00 am • 120 mins

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