Should organizations make discipline decisions and sanctions public knowledge? We often act as a neutral third party to handle an organization’s internal disputes, such as appeals or discipline decisions. After a tribunal (either a single decision-maker or a panel of decision-makers) hears both … [Read more...] about Discipline Decisions – To Disclose or Not to Disclose?
In April 2011, the Supreme Court of Canada published a significant new ruling related to defamation and hyperlinks. In the ruling, the Court decided that posting an article or story on your website that includes a hyperlink to defamatory material on someone else's website is not re-publication, and … [Read more...] about Defamation 2.0
Organizations and individuals are frequently re-learning that posting something on social media ensures the near-permanent existence of that material. A tweet that is posted six months ago can be easily found by an intrepid researcher. A picture that is posted to Facebook never really goes away. … [Read more...] about The Permanency of Social Media
Sport organizations are wondering if it is really necessary to address social media within their organizational policies and codes of conduct. After all, isn’t it enough that the organization has a Facebook fan page and a Twitter account? Doesn’t that count as social media engagement? Yes, … [Read more...] about Criticism, Reputation, Free Speech – Does Social Media Need to be Integrated into Codes of Conduct and Athlete Agreements?
What would you do if a coach in your organization showed you a player-created Facebook group that insulted the coach? There are many of these groups in existence. One group, when this article was originally posted, was titled “Larry Thornburg is the worst coach ever!”. The description of the … [Read more...] about Defamation and Social Media – He’s the Worst Coach Ever!
The Supreme Court decision in Grant v. Torstar Corp gives insight into the ongoing legal tussle between freedom of expression vs. protection of reputation afforded by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Until now the balance had tilted in favour of protection of reputation, and against the … [Read more...] about Defamation Update – Grant v. Torstar Corp