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Monday, June 20, 2011

The countdown is on for HR & Social Media

Last week, the city of Vancouver erupted in violence after the Bruins eliminated the Canucks in the Stanley Cup Finals. Connor Mcilvenna, a suburban Vancouver construction worker, posted several pro-riot status updates on his Facebook wall, such as:


He also had his employer, Rite Tech Construction, listed on his Facebook profile. When the company learned of the comments, it fired Mcilvenna because of the potential impact on its reputation. CTV News quotes the company’s owner, Justin Reitz:

I just didn't feel like what was said was appropriate, and I didn't want any affiliation towards my company with the things he said on Facebook…. I had over 100 emails and out of the 100 emails, close to 30 of them were copies of his Facebook page which he sent out during the riots.

We are within a week or two of the publication of HR and Social Media: Practical and Legal Guidance, written by me and an all-star team of labor & employment blawgers and social media adopters. If you are attending SHRM’s Annual Conference in Las Vegas from June 26-29, visit Thompson at booth 1468 to order your copy. If you want to learn about your company’s rights in respect to employees’ social media activities, and how to protect your business from employees like Connor Mcilvenna, this book is a resource you cannot do without.

Presented by Kohrman Jackson & Krantz, with offices in Cleveland and Columbus. For more information, contact the author, Jon Hyman, a partner in our Labor & Employment group, at (216) 736-7226 or