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 December 3, 2009  Posted by  Non-U.S., Workplace

Grania Langdon-Down reports:

A senior military analyst with the New York-based Human Rights Watch has been suspended while the organisation investigates his internet postings about his hobby of collecting Nazi and other war memorabilia.

Tom Porteous, the London director of Human Rights Watch, says that the group is looking at Marc Garlasco’s blogs to see if there are any inconsistent remarks that might bring the organisation into disrepute.

So when does a hobby become an employment issue? For Allen & Overy, the “magic circle” law firm, a highly erotic novel published online by Deirdre Dare, a lawyer in its Moscow office, was clearly a step too far, prompting the firm to sack her for gross misconduct this year.

Large employers generally make it clear in their written employment contracts that employees have a contractual duty not to affect their employer’s business adversely by behaving badly outside work, Juliet Carp, an employment solicitor with the City law firm Speechly Bircham, says.

Read more on TimesOnline.

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