Social Media In The Workplace

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Social Media in the Workplace

As an organisation you cannot afford to ignore it, but you should be well armed when you engage with it. While social media in the workplace can bring real business benefits, its misuse can also have serious consequences for employers and employees alike. Logging on to a social media site from work can potentially expose a company’s network to several security risks. Sites like Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter can be a drain on employee productivity. Employers may also be held liable for acts of bullying or discrimination carried out by employees on social media sites, even if the acts were carried out without the employer’s knowledge.

Join us on February 10 as our panel of experts provide insights on how best to identify and manage the risks created by the use of social media in the workplace. Learn tips on educating staff on the inappropriate uses of social media and the types of policies that can be put in place to help prevent data breaches.

Who Should Attend?

This unique event will have a panel of experts advising on how to protect your business when it comes to covering the Legal, Human Resource, Insurance and Security areas of Social Media in the workplace. This session will be beneficial for Chief Executives, Managing Directors, Human Resource Managers, Finance Managers, IT professionals and persons responsible for Social Media in the Workplace.


Cork: 10th February 8.00am - 9.30am
Clarion Hotel, Lapp's Quay, Cork
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Antoinette Vahey
Solicitor & Accredited Mediator
Ronan Daly Jermyn

Antoinette will focus on the employment law issues associated with the use of social media in the workplace.

Fredericka Sheppard
Managing Director (Joint)
Voltedge Management Ltd.
Leading Human Resources Consultancy

Fredericka will focus on company policy and procedures and the practical employee issues with regard to social media.

John Ryan
Chief Executive Officer
IT Solutions & Services Provider

John will focus on the risks associated with social media in the workplace, from preventing data breaches to the threats posed to company-owned mobile and smart devices.

Brian O’Mara
Account Executive
O’Leary Insurances Limited

Brian will discuss the insurance solutions available for social media exposures, as well as differences between policies from various insurers and the importance of good advice.

Moderator: Jennifer Cashman
Ronan Daly Jermyn


Panelist Bio's

Antoinette Vahey

Antoinette is a solicitor in Ronan Daly Jermyn’s Employment group. She provides strategic legal advice to employers regarding all aspects of the employment relationship including wrongful and unfair dismissal; redundancies; internal investigations; personal injury claims for stress in the workplace; bullying and harassment; statutory entitlements and termination of employment, as well as the application of the TUPE regulations. Antoinette is also a CEDR qualified mediator specialising in employment and workplace disputes.

Fredericka Sheppard

Fredericka a graduate of UL and NCI, is a Chartered Member of the CIPD and a Certified Management Consultant (CMC) with IMCA. After more than 15 years working in Senior HRM positions in Ireland and internationally, she set up Voltedge Management Limited with her business partner Joyce Rigby-Jones in 2011, to bring expert HR services to SME’s across all sectors and be an integral part of a variety of entrepreneurship programmes. Now, after supporting companies through one of the most challenging recessions, Voltedge has become a major provider of Outsourced HR Services and a leading HR Consultancy to growing international companies in the technology, pharma and financial services sectors. Voltedge was appointed to the Enterprise Ireland Panel of HR and OD Consultants in 2013 and shortlisted for the HR Leadership and Management Awards 2015 in the category of “Innovation in Technology”.

Fredericka is also a Director on the Board of the Institute of Management Consultants and Advisers and a member of the National Executive Council of the Small Firms Association, and for more than five years she was part of the Equality Authority’s Panel of Experts on Work Life Balance.

John Ryan

John is CEO of Zinopy, which he co-founded in 2010. John has over 20 years’ experience in the IT industry gained in high profile roles in the IT Security market with Entropy and in Software Development with Expert Edge. He has breadth of technical experience in all areas of networking and security, with a particular focus on data security and enterprise risk management. John is a regular speaker at industry events.

Brian O’Mara

Brian has specialised as a Financial Lines broker for 8 years in Ireland and internationally. He returned to Ireland in mid-2015 to co-ordinate O’Leary Insurances approach to Cyber Insurance due to his expertise gained abroad. This includes educating not just clients but also brokers on this relatively new product to the Irish market and keeping abreast of product developments. Brian has presented on Cyber Insurance to hundreds of professionals across Ireland as well as taking part in “The Firm” podcast on Cyber Security.

Jennifer Cashman

Jennifer is Practice Group Leader of Ronan Daly Jermyn’s Employment Group. She has considerable experience advising clients on the practical application of all aspects of employment law, including the negotiation and drafting of Executive Service Agreements; TUPE; contentious issues such as restrictive covenants, discrimination, wrongful and unfair dismissal, redundancies (individual and collective) and issues associated with contingent workers. She also regularly advises on all types of employment issues arising in connection with mergers and acquisitions.

Jennifer is regular keynote speaker at employment conferences throughout Ireland and is recommended as a Leading Lawyer in Employment Law in both Chambers Europe and The Legal 500. Jennifer was awarded the Disaronno Hi Women in Business Award 2014 in recognition of her contribution to business in the Munster region.

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