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Don’t Like Your “F**k A** Job”? Tweeting About it is Probably a Bad Idea

In the latest incident of an employee’s social media activity landing him/herself in hot water with an employer, media outlets reported earlier this week that a young woman in Texas was fired before her first day on the job, after allegedly tweeting the following: “Ew, I start this f**k a**job tomorrow.” The employee’s apparent disdain

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Tweet, Tweet! – “A Little Bird Told Me”: Employee Dismissed After Twitter Post Comes to Employer’s Attention

In the latest incident of an employee’s social media activity landing him/herself in hot water with an employer, media outlets reported last week that a Toronto-area mechanic was fired after allegedly tweeting the following: “Any dealers in Vaughan wanna make a 20sac chop?  Come to Keele/ Langstaff Mr. Lube, need a spliff or two to

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Shhhhh….. Breathing New Life into Confidentiality Provisions: The Globe and Mail wins its case against Jan Wong

I often find myself explaining the meaning of a confidentiality provision to an employer who I am representing in mediation or in settlement negotiations.   I am always asked what if the other side breaches it and says something about what we have agreed to pay them?  What can I do?  The answer, I must admit,

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What Vince Vaughn teaches us about the workplace

Last week, some members of the Rubin Thomlinson team watched “The Internship”, where the comedic duo of Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson moved on from crashing weddings to crashing Google’s summer internship program. The film begins with a pair of outdated salesmen (Vaughn and Wilson) losing their jobs when their employer closes its doors. Instead

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In Defence of Social Media

These days, I find myself following legal issues involving social media with great interest and, occasionally, with considerable amusement and surprise. My interest isn’t driven entirely by my occupation, and the situations I have read about span far beyond the employment law niche in which I practice. Indeed, social media seems to have found its

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Are You a 22-22-22 Employee?

If you’re reading this post in the evening, through a mobile device, and you’re still working, you are likely part of Generation Y. Born between 1981 and 2000, the 12 million Canadian members of Generation Y, have accepted working hours and conditions that, according to a recent article in the New York Times, have coined

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Employee Information and Social Media Part Two: What About Mitigation Efforts?

In the last month, two personal injury cases have crossed my desk that have left me wondering how aggressively employers and their lawyers will or should incorporate social media searches to examine a terminated employee’s mitigation efforts.Perhaps this is already happening. In both cases, the social media profiles of plaintiffs who claimed they were injured

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