LinkedIn use by employee: Employer’s contacts or employee’s?

Employer has asked the employee to use his personal LinkedIn account to search for suitable candidates (recruitment activities). The employee therefore needed LinkedIn in the execution of his work and he has added the candidates as a connection so that he could contact them via LinkedIn. After the termination of the employment contract, Employer asks the Court to condemn employee to remove these contacts from his LinkedIn account.  

This request is rejected because the employer has failed to make (prior) arrangements with the employee about the connections that the employee would make during his work. If the employer had wanted otherwise, he should have made arrangements about this with the employee or create a special professional LinkedIn. The court considers that the connections are not the employer’s property.

Employer has also requested the former employee to remove all texts and any reference to employer from his LinkedIn account. This request is also rejected.

Read the full court decision:

https://uitspraken.rechtspraak.nl/inziendocument?id=ECLI:NL:RBAMS:2018:1103