Author: Michael Scutt

Michael Scutt is Head of Employment and Dispute Resolution at Crane & Staples Solicitors in Welwyn Garden City. He also writes the Jobsworth blog on employment law.

SEO: law and good practice

Humans love miracles. Even if you don’t believe that Jesus turned water into wine or fed 5,000 people with five loaves and two fish, miracle cures still attract many. The 19th century gave us snake oil salesmen whose products could cure all ills. Even today people still believe in losing weight through taking obscure supplements, […]

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Misuse of social media by employees

Most of us are familiar with reports of employees being disciplined for posting inappropriate material on social media platforms, or employers over-reacting and dismissing an employee when a warning or, even, some training, might have been more productive. There seems to be a greater awareness of the risk even if there is not any greater […]

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Reinvent Law London 2013

How long does it take for an event to become a fixture in the landscape? The London marathon managed to do it following its first running in 1981 and has not looked back since. Another event, not quite on the same scale perhaps, looks set to make a similar impact in the legal arena. Last […]

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Social media in the workplace

Social media is no longer the bright shiny new toy of a couple of years ago. The initial rush to blog and tweet has passed. New platforms come along and spark some Pinterest (, while others like Google+ briefly flourish then fade. Businesses still face the perennial worry of employees posting inappropriate material on Facebook […]

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Social media policies for the workplace

In my last article I wrote about the risks employers face from the use by employees of social media and recommended that businesses have a social media policy. Why is a policy necessary? Employers need to manage their employees fairly and consistently and this applies to how they respond to their employees’ usage of social […]

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Risks of social media use in the workplace

Employment lawyers seem to spend a good deal of time warning of the risks posed by Facebook, Twitter and other social media perhaps without emphasising enough the opportunities presented by proper use of these immensely powerful tools. Companies large and small are adopting social media in increasingly large numbers. In research published by media agency […]

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