Political Election Issues in the Workplace
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The polls don’t close until November 8, 2016, but the election has been everywhere, including the workplace. With the primaries on the horizon in July, employers need to start addressing political discussions in the workplace and how to handle those discussions without violating federal and state laws. What might start as a general conversation could quickly turn into a heated debate about the candidates or the campaign. Employers and employees should know what they are allowed to do or prohibited from doing this election season.
Panelists will answer: What do federal laws say? What do state laws say? Are employee political discussions protected by the “First Amendment” limiting an employer’s ability to curtail such discussions? May an employer prohibit employees from posting controversial or political topics in the office or on social media? May an employer encourage its employees to attend office sponsored political functions or “meet and greets” of various candidates supported by management? What are government employees allowed or not allowed to do under the Hatch Act? What if employee rhetoric borders on violating Title VII?
These questions, and many more,
will be discussed in this highly informative Election Year Webinar.