Date Time Speaker Room
Friday, February 03, 201212:10 PM - 1:00 PM
Peter Straszynski, Partner


Online social media is a two-edged sword. On one hand, many employees use social media very productively for business purposes. On the other hand, many also access these websites for purely personal uses. This session examines your right to restrict the use of social media in your workplace. It also explores the possible risks associated with employee misuse of social media. Find out what measures you can reasonably impose, and when.


  • Explore the way various social media are currently being used by employees in and outside the workplace
  • Discuss the mixed (business and personal) uses of social media
  • Understand the potential risks associated with employee misuse of social media
  • Assess the scope of your right to curtail the use of social media
  • Gain insights into the range of reasonable responses—discipline or other measures—available to you in appropriate circumstances


Peter Straszynski is a partner at Torkin Manes LLP, where he has practised since his call to the Ontario bar in 1993. Peter assists employers with contracts of employment, restrictive covenants, workplace policies, proactive advice on compliance with employment standards and other employment-related legislation, strategic direction on discipline and termination, the preparation of severance packages and the settlement or litigation of all manner of workplace disputes before the courts and administrative tribunals, including wrongful dismissals, applications for injunctive relief, employment standards and Employment Insurance proceedings, and the defence of charges under the Occupational Health & Safety Act. Peter regularly advises employers on human rights matters and, where necessary, defends them in proceedings before the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal.

Peter represents employers in a wide variety of industries including banking, finance, engineering and design, architecture, manufacturing, construction, health care, hospitality, transport, aviation, publishing, education and others.