South African law similarly recognises the right of an employer to take action against an employer where the employee’s private actions impact on the employment relationship.
The employer may discipline an employee who cause harm to the company by making remarks about the company, its products, service or staff on social media networks.
The test used to establish whether the employer may take action is whether the conduct hampers the on-going employment relationship. Employers should ensure that employees appreciate the bounds of acceptable online conduct. A clear social media policy should be introduced and communicated to all staff, advising what employees may not communicate to third parties.
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