Can my boss discipline me for using social media sites during work time?

Yes, quite possibly. When you’re at work, you’re supposed to be working, so online social networking on your employer's time could be grounds for initiating a disciplinary process. However, the rules must be clear, so that everyone knows where they stand.

Your employer should have a clear written policy on personal use of IT equipment, and should have made it clear to you what you are allowed to do (both in work and outside work), what you can expect to be punished for doing, and what sort of punishment is likely.

Your employer should have a clear disciplinary procedure that must be followed properly, including your right to be accompanied into a formal meeting by a union representative or a co-worker.

Note: This content is provided as general background information and should not be taken as legal advice or financial advice for your particular situation. Make sure to get individual advice on your case from your union, a source on our free help page or an independent financial advisor before taking any action.

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