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Managing Political Expression at Work (for Private Employers)

Class Location: Webinar
Class Date(s): Thursday, October 08, 2020
Class Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Instructor: Rebecca Jacobs

In this current political climate, employers may need to respond to workers who claim to be offended by the political expressions of their coworkers, whether at work or on social media. Whether it is a mask with a political slogan or retweeting someone's criticism of a social justice movement, employees have a number of ways to express their thoughts and beliefs. While private employers are generally able to restrict or limit free expression at work, some restrictions apply.

This 60 minute webinar will cover the various federal and state laws and other compliance issues which may affect how employers respond to the political expression of their employees. We will also cover best practices for policies and procedures to reduce the risk of unnecessary discord amongst your workforce.

Topics include:

  • Why there is no "Right to Free Speech” in the private workforce
  • How the National Labor Relations Act may protect some political expressions
  • When political expressions might be protected conduct under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 or other state and federal fair employment laws
  • How to determine if state law may restrict how you manage your employees' political expressions
  • Best practices when implementing and enforcing fair and consistent dress code policies
  • The importance of consistency when applying policies
  • When to address off-duty social media conduct

SHRM-CP/SCP Recertification Credits: 1

PHR/SPHR/GPHR Recertification Credits: 1

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Managing Political Expression at Work (for Private Employers)
Managing Political Expression at Work (for Private Employers)