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The Supreme Court - November 13, 2017

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Today, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in the three cases: Minnesota Voters Alliance v. Mansky, No. 16-1435: Is Minnesota Statute Section 211B.11, which broadly bans all political apparel at the polling place,...more

“Hope I don’t get AIDS. Just kidding. I’m white!”: How to get yourself fired for a Facebook post

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Social media has created a minefield of concerns for both employees and employers. The news is full of stories of employees documenting their questionable off-duty conduct on social media, or posting comments containing...more

Can You Be Fired for Flipping off the President? Yes...Well...Maybe Not

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

There is a widespread myth in this country that the First Amendment protects free speech in the workplace. Employees who loudly state controversial opinions often think the First Amendment protects them from being fired as a...more

I-17 – Engaging Your Employees in Today’s Workplace, Featuring Rick Turner at Whirlpool Corporation

by Cozen O'Connor on

Michael Schmidt, vice chair of Cozen O'Connor’s Labor & Employment Department, discusses how to engage your employees in today’s unique workplace and navigate a multi-jurisdictional set of employment laws. This episode...more

Free Speech at Work: It Is Not What You Think It Is

On Wednesday, Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive lineman Gerald McCoy made a comment about the ongoing National Anthem issue. McCoy stated: “I think it’s gonna be an uproar if that is to happen because you’re basically taking...more

All Rise (or Not)! A Flag, The National Anthem & Connecticut Law

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

“Joe, in response to all this NFL stuff, we want you to display U.S. flags at your workstation.” “No.” “Well, then you’re fired.”...more

Regulating Speech at Work

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Q: Can a private employer limit its employees’ speech and political activity in the workplace? A: Yes, but not speech that is considered part of a “concerted activity.”...more

I-16 – Kneeling, Indefinite Leave, DC Updates, Non-Compete Consideration, and Pretty as a Protected Class

by Cozen O'Connor on

This episode discusses kneeling in the NFL/workplace, indefinite leave entitlement, and sufficient consideration for non-competes, provides an update from DC on OT exemptions and class action waivers, and questions whether...more

Dear Littler: Can We Discipline An Employee Who "Took a Knee" During the Anthem?

by Littler on

Dear Littler: I work for a prominent company in a small city here in the Hoosier State, and we are very involved in our local community. We sponsor a corporate softball team, and last night one of our team members “took a...more

Trump Plays Ball (To Knee or Not To Knee)

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

President Trump likes to mix it up. Mix everything up, like the National Football League and the First Amendment. Wait. What? Whether you think the President defies convention strategically or blunderingly, Trump is...more

CEOs, Politics and the Law: Guidelines for a New Era in Corporate Social Speech

by Perkins Coie on

In recent weeks, America’s CEOs have spoken out on social issues like never before, placing the business community firmly within the national debate. Likewise, companies are feeling internal and external pressures to...more

Google and Charlottesville Events Raise Questions for Companies Regarding Employee Political Views

Two recent major news stories again involve the intersection of politics with employment law. In the first matter, Google fired a programmer after he posted an internal document criticizing the company’s diversity...more

The Customer Is (Not) Always Right: An Employer's Duty to Protect

by Lewitt Hackman on

Everyone is entitled to their opinion, and in this political climate, it seems as though more people are comfortable voicing those opinions, even if they may offend someone. Although free speech is a primary pillar of...more

Charities Participating in Policy and Protest: 2017 and Beyond

by Nilan Johnson Lewis PA on

Recent demonstrations highlight a significant passion for expressing dissent and opposition to the Trump administration and its public policy positions. Given the dramatic increase in queries we have received from our clients...more

Employees, Political Advocacy and the NLRB – What Can an Employer Do?

by Littler on

In the first few weeks of the Trump Presidency, there have been numerous marches, protests and other forms of political advocacy expressing views both in support of and in opposition to the President’s various appointments,...more

Dear Littler: Can A Boss Fire Someone for Off-Duty Political Activities?

by Littler on

Dear Littler: I saw one of my employees on the local news the other night participating in a political rally over the weekend. We try to maintain a tension-free workplace. Can I discipline him for this conduct? Can I at least...more

A Post-Election Survival Guide For Employers

by Fisher Phillips on

In the two months since the culmination of what many call the most bitterly contested presidential election in American history, employers are already reporting the conflict among employees is unlike any other in modern...more

Leave The Political Boxing Gloves At The Office Door

by Fisher Phillips on

We love a good political fight, but dealerships would be well-advised to check the gloves at the office door and instead heed the wisdom offered long ago by Calvin Coolidge: “No man ever listened himself out of a job.”...more

What Your Nonprofit Needs to Know Before Advocating a Political Agenda

A Brief Case Study: Your nonprofit’s founder sends out an email in their official capacity to all of its members urging the them to vote for or against a political candidate or for or against a local proposition. It may...more

Did You Know…SCOTUS Ruling on Personnel Decision based upon Perceived Political Affiliation Impacts Public Employers

by Nossaman LLP on

The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled on a matter involving “perceived affiliation”, bringing clarity to the matter, where the circuits provided discordant rulings. As a result, personnel actions based upon even mistaken...more

Employer Guide for Election Season

by Lewitt Hackman on

The 2016 presidential election season has provided fodder for often impassioned conversations among friends, family and co-workers. While we may not always agree with all points of view, it is important to remember that...more

Political Speech in the Workplace

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

The upcoming presidential election between two larger-than-life characters, each capable of stirring intense emotional reactions from both sides, is sure to produce some spirited debate around the water cooler this fall. ...more

Trending Now: Political Activities and Social Media

The 2016 U.S. presidential campaign has reached a fevered pitch, with a little over a month remaining before Election Day. After Monday’s debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, the stakes are high and the American...more

Election 2016: Political Speech and Activity in the Workplace

by Littler on

On November 8, voters across the country will head to the polls to determine the next president. Some states have already begun the early voting process. Voters will also decide who fills various U.S. congressional seats,...more

You Can't Say That! Or Can You? - Discussing Politics at Work

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

The 2016 presidential election season has been particularly divisive, with candidates trading insults on a regular basis. Naturally, conversations about politics and candidates spill over into the workplace. A recent survey...more

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