Question 42: If the laid-off Employees react strongly to the Employer’s decision on restructuring on social networks or the mass media, what should you or the management board do in this situation?

In this case, the management board can consider the following approaches:

  • Step 1: In a gentle manner, the enterprise’s representative can meet these Employees to convince them to remove that information from the social networks or mass media, and have a talk to make them understand that the termination is consistent with labour law, and what they are doing is against the commitment on keeping information confidential, which may force them to pay compensations for the damage they have caused.
  • Step 2: This is where the Employees who are in charge of the matters related to social networks or mass media have to buckle down: holding meetings and settling legal issues with the press.
  • Step 3: If the talks with these Employees are not effective, Employers should consider: (i) requesting the TUEC to do their jobs and document these Employees’ acts; and (ii) initiating a lawsuit against them over the above acts if they cause significant damage to the company.