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RECESSION-BATTERED employers should crack down on the impact on productivity of internet misuse at work, a law firm warned yesterday.

Mace & Jones made the remarks after office worker Kimberley Swann was sacked last week from her administrator job after branding it "boring" on Facebook.

Mace & Jones employment law partner Mark Hatfield said the case came as "no surprise", and advised that many employers are taking a firm line on the internet, considering it a "silent time killer" of epidemic proportions.

Mr Hatfield: "Employers are not prepared to tolerate misuse of the internet generally, but especially in the current climate.

"With businesses struggling and redundancies rife, every job and every hour counts. Staff who idle away on the internet are wasting valuable time."
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Date:Mar 3, 2009
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