On May 7, 2018 the “Social Media and Workers’ Rights” conference organized by the Labour Law & Social Security Forum in partnership with FES Israel took place at the Maiersdorf Faculty Club at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Four legal researchers – Riccardo Del Punta (University of Florence), Virginia Mantouvalou (University College London), Tammy Katsabian (Hebrew University) and Brishen Rogers (Temple University) – presented their papers and discussed the highly topical issue of workers’ rights within the social media. Should it be allowed to use information gathered from social media for choosing an applicant? What about dismissals due to activities on social media?
Within the discussion, it became clear that a balance of proportionality has to be made between the privacy of the employee and the business interest or property rights of the employer. But how to define the business interest? And isn’t everything you put online public anyways although it was intended to be private? The topic was highly debated during the day and caught the interest of all participants.