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Edited by Anders Etgen Reitz, Jan Rudolph, Philip M. Berkowitz


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International Bar Association Series Volume 26

In the last few years, social media has become the primary way of communicating, not only among friends and colleagues but also between employers and employees and between companies and consumers. For employers, the phenomenon offers great opportunities, but also concomitant dangers due primarily to use of social media by employees and employees’ representatives. Written in the context of employment laws as well as privacy laws, this book surveys the state of the law in over thirty key jurisdictions, including most of the developed countries of Europe, Asia, and North America and major developing countries worldwide. The publication arose from a seminar prepared by the editors and others at which it was clearly identified that internationally operating employers need a comprehensive and user-friendly multinational summary on employment and labour law questions arising in connection with the use of social media. The book is divided into country chapters, each written by a known local specialist. In order to easily ‘navigate’ through the issues for each country, the chapters follow a uniform structure, covering the applicable statutory regimes, case law, useful checklists, and recommendations. Among the issues and topics dealt with are the following:

  • employees’ entitlement to use social media at the workplace;
  • whether employers can require the use of social media by employees;
  • right of employers to monitor employees’ use of social media outside the workplace;
  • employers’ potential liability for employees’ misuse of social media;
  • right of employee representatives to use employers’ equipment for social media purposes;
  • employers’ remedies against misuse of social media by employees and employee representatives;
  • development and drafting of a social media policy; and
  • role of social media in employer–employee disputes.
No other publication exists providing interested parties with a practical and strategic guide to legal issues affecting the use of social media in the workplace. With its easy-to-use country-by-country format and its expert recommendations, this unique resource will prove itself as an incomparable handbook for lawyers, human resources professionals, and in-house counsel advising or working for internationally operating businesses. It will also be of inestimable value for academics and policymakers concerned with the legal ramifications of social media use in the workplace.

Pages 576
Last Updated 09/23/2015
Update Frequency As Needed
Product Line Kluwer Law International
ISBN 9789041147684
SKU 10059484-0001
Table of Contents
About the IBA

List of Editors

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General Outline


CHAPTER 1 Argentina María Alexia Aurelio

CHAPTER 2 Australia Richard Bunting

CHAPTER 3 Belgium Marga Caproni & Filip Saelens

CHAPTER 4 Brazil Solon de Almeida Cunha & Caroline Marchi

CHAPTER 5 Canada Patrick L. Benaroche

CHAPTER 6 Chile Paulina Miranda

CHAPTER 7 China Junlu Jiang & Shan Jin

CHAPTER 8 Czech Republic Lenka Velvarská & Jaroslava Trojanová

CHAPTER 9 Denmark Anders Etgen Reitz

CHAPTER 10 Finland Sanna Alku, Suvi Kettunen & Otto Markkanen

CHAPTER 11 France Caroline André-Hesse & Jean-Charles Moriceau

CHAPTER 12 Germany Jan Rudolph, Ingemar Kartheuser & Annika Juds

CHAPTER 13 Greece Effie Mitsopoulou

CHAPTER 14 India Preetha S & Vikram Shroff

CHAPTER 15 Ireland Ronnie Neville

CHAPTER 16 Israel Ofer Ravid & Revital Shprung-Levy

CHAPTER 17 Italy Roberto Ferrario & Paolo Provenzali

CHAPTER 18 Japan Hironobu Tsukamoto & Oki Mori

CHAPTER 19 Mexico Oscar De la Vega & Rodrigo Espiritu Santo Raba

CHAPTER 20 The Netherlands Soo-ja Schijf & Ester Damen

CHAPTER 21 New Zealand Jennifer Mills & Anthony Harper

CHAPTER 22 Norway Kari Gimmingsrud

CHAPTER 23 Poland Aleksandra Minkowicz-Flanek

CHAPTER 24 Portugal César Sá Esteves, Maria de Lancastre Valente & Filipe Madeira da Silva

CHAPTER 25 Russia Irina Anyukhina

CHAPTER 26 Singapore Pradeep Kumar Singh

CHAPTER 27 Slovakia Tomáš Rybár & Jana Cernáková

CHAPTER 28 South Africa Claire Gaul

CHAPTER 29 Spain Iván Suárez Telletxea

CHAPTER 30 Sweden Paula Hogéus & Emmy Falck

CHAPTER 31 Switzerland Ueli Sommer & Christoph Stutz

CHAPTER 32 United Arab Emirates Rebecca Ford, Harriet Balloch & Kellie Blyth

CHAPTER 33 United Kingdom

CHAPTER 34 United States Phillip L. Gordon, Esq., and Jordan Cornett, Esq.