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Employment Law – Protecting Company Connections

Employment Law – Background

Employers can take pre-employment steps to safeguard intellectual and commercial property such as company information or Linkedin connections. Furthermore, HR needs to establish a compliance framework for employee conduct, expectations and obligations.

In addition, an ex-employee’s Linkedin connections are ‘unlikely’ to be defined as trade secrets belonging to the former employer.

Employment Law – Tips for Employers

Our Matthews Folbigg Workplace Solutions employment law team recommends employers:

  • insert key restraint of trade provisions. These should explicitly refer to the use of social media connections
  • include restrictive terms for the post-employment period. For instance, restricting the use of social media to publish or share content
  • obtain a list of the employee’s current social media connections
  • include terms which provide that connections gained during the course of employment are the property of the employer
  • creating appropriate social media policies and guidelines. These should cover the course of employment and post-employment.
  • train employees to ensure understanding of obligations
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Employment Law – Recommendations for Employment Entitlements

Employment Law – Background

This article provides a consideration of the pros and cons of including employment entitlements in the following forms:

  • HR policy
  • Enterprise agreement
  • terms in a separate employment contract

Employment Law – Enterprise Agreements

Employers should actively encourage diversity and inclusion by using ‘inclusive’ language in the Enterprise Agreement. It should include:

  • Paid parental leave for both primary and secondary carers (this language includes same-sex couples)
  • A flexibility term
  • A consulation term
  • A disputes, grievance handling provision
  • Rates of pay
  • Provisions that enhance productivity improvement and flexibility.

Employment Law – HR policy versus Enterprise Agreement

Pros of using a HR policy include:

  • the benefit of non-binding application compared to a binding provision for the life of the Enterprise Agreement
  • less legal exposure in policy statements as breaches of enterprise agreements can incur fines or legal action
  • HR policies can be amended from time to time
  • a policy statement adds details and implementation procedures to the core entitlements contained in the Enterprise Agreement
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