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The news that hundreds of police officers are being investigated for breach of social media policies again shows the importance of having a set of guidelines in place.

A social media policy sets out rules for employees on the use of social media both in and out of the workplace. With the line between business and individual use of social media often blurred, it's important that employees know what they can and cannot do.

Many businesses seem to be turning a blind eye to, or are unaware of the possible consequences - our 2013 Social Media at Work survey showed that half of businesses did not have a policy, whilst most were using social media to promote their business.

Our web site contains further guidance on social media policies, including audio recordings and ideas of what could be covered in a policy.

If you have any questions or would like us to draft your policy, please speak to our employment team.