"Companies have every right to monitor employee communications"

Social media law expert, Emma Sadlier says saying things on social media in one's personal capacity doesn't exist anymore - what you say will always be linked to your employer.

Sadler was commenting on the news that FNB has fired four of its employees after their emails and WhatsApp messages were monitored.

FNB stated that the four made disparaging comments about DA leader Mmusi Maimane and his wife in a Whatsapp conversation and emails on devices owned by the bank.

Listen: Fired FNB staffer embroiled in Maimane email saga speaks

Often your views are inextricably linked with the views of the employer. This means a lot of people find themselves in trouble when they did not know they can get into trouble.

Emma Sadlier, Social media specialist

Sadlier says companies have every right to monitor employees communications. She says according to Rica, companies are not allowed to intercept direct communication unless there is prior consent from either of the parties.

If you are using the work network or work device, provided you have been notified that the company will be spying on you.. then the company can monitor you.

Emma Sadlier, Social media specialist

This can be done in employee contracts.

That's fairly standard practice, every employment contract that I've come across, there is notice that the company will be watching you.

Emma Sadlier, Social media specialist

The most important thing for everyone out there is to read your contract of employment and know what it says, know whether your company has social media policy...

Emma Sadlier, Social media specialist

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