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LinkedIn CV leads to constructive dismissal case

A former employee of gas exploration firm BG Group has brought a case of constructive dismissal against the firm after a dispute over his use of LinkedIn.

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A former employee of gas exploration firm BG Group has brought a case of constructive dismissal against the firm after a dispute over his use of LinkedIn led to his resignation.

According to a Daily Telegraph report John Flexman, who is a human resources professional, brought the case against BG Group which is being heard at a Reading Employment Tribunal.

Flexman loaded his CV on the LinkedIn professional networking site and ticked the box that states the user is interested in other career opportunities.

His managers asked him to remove the CV and said the activity was inappropriate. They also accused him of including confidential information on the CV. The dispute with BG Group executives led to his resignation.

The case, which is continuing, highlights the need for businesses to have social media usage policies as more and more employees use the sites to communicate with friends and business contacts.

LinkedIn, which in March last year reached the 100 million members milestone, is used by many businesses to find the right recruits. One of the biggest advantages of LinkedIn over traditional recruitment is the fact that people who are not necessarily looking for work but are in demand are picked up. Only 10% to 20% of LinkedIn members are actively looking for work, but businesses that are looking want access to them all.

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