Social media in the workplace

The use of social media is unquestionably ubiquitous in the workplace, both as a powerful communication tool, and as a distraction, depending upon your view and the context.
In Bradford Pedley v IPMS Pty Ltd [2013] FWC 4282, the Fair Work Commission was called upon to determine the fairness of the dismissal of a senior interior designer of IPMS who was dismissed for using LinkedIn to contact the clients of his employer, to advertise that he was expanding his own business from a part-time to full-time operation and to solicit work.
The Commission’s conclusion was that the employee’s conduct constituted a breach of two provisions of his employment contract, one prohibiting the employee from competing with the employer, and another a requirement for the employee to at all times act honestly and in a manner consistent with employment.