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Trump Tweets and Unemployment

Christmas is nearly upon us, and with it, those uncomfortable political discussions at the dinner table with loved ones. We all know that one person who is not shy about telling everyone why he or she supports a particular...more

Top Considerations for Companies Engaging in Political Expression

by Perkins Coie on

We all know to avoid the topic of politics with family and friends at the holidays, but in recent months, American companies and the CEOs who lead them have spoken publicly on social and political issues like never before....more

Take 5 Newsletter - November 2017

by Epstein Becker & Green on

Five Issues in Focus for Financial Services - For this edition of the Take 5 for financial services, we focus on a number of very well-publicized issues. The tidal wave of sexual harassment allegations that followed the...more

New Rules for Tax-Exempt Organizations in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

House Republican Tax Bill Imposes Excise Tax on Wealthy Private Universities and Excess Compensation of Highly Paid Employees; Subjects State Pension Plans to UBTI Rules - On Thursday, November 2, House Republicans led by...more

To Kneel or not to Kneel; What is the Question?

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

The recent controversy surrounding NFL players kneeling during the National Anthem raises an interesting question concerning the protection of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) vis-à-vis work-place protests over social...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

Politics in the Workplace: Do NFL Players Have Freedom of Speech to Protest at Games?

by Payne & Fears on

It’s nearly impossible to turn on the TV and not hear something about the NFL player protests and whether such actions are protected speech under the First Amendment. While these protests started last season, they have grown...more

Athletes and Employees Speak Out: Do Your Employment Practices Drop the Ball in Addressing Diversity, Controversial Speech, or...

With the 2017-18 National Football League (NFL) regular season and National Basketball Association (NBA) pre-season underway, many spectators are excited to don their favorite players’ jerseys and cheer on their teams. Yet in...more

Calling President An Idiot May Be Protected Speech (But Maybe Not)

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

“President Trump is a Big Fat Idiot” or, for that matter, “Secretary Clinton is a Sore Loser.” Let’s suppose you see one of your employees tweeting one of these expressions on Twitter during non-work hours from a personal...more

Sarah Palin v. The New York Times - Six Lessons for Public Figures in Defamation Cases | Sands Anderson

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Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and the New York Times don’t much like each other. So much so that Palin sued the Times for defamation. Her claim stemmed from a Times editorial that wrongly linked her political action...more

Political Speech, Discrimination and the Law: How Employers Should Respond to Charlottesville

The recent tragic events in Charlottesville, Virginia and other news regarding the activities of white supremacists and similar groups, have served as a rude awakening for many that our national reality has shifted. These...more

Politics in the Workplace

by Baker Donelson on

Employees are complaining that they are being discriminated against or harassed by management or other employees based on their political beliefs because an employee's political beliefs may relate to, or be intertwined with,...more

The Practical NLRB Advisor - Issue 5, Spring 2017

Mom’s Home Cookin’ prides itself on the strong relationship it has built with its employees over more than 25 years in business. The bustling restaurant has grown from a humble beginning, with just two employees, to a...more

UPDATE: President Trump Signs “Johnson Amendment” Executive Order Limiting Treasury’s Actions Against Religious Organizations...

On May 4, 2017, President Trump signed an executive order that directs the executive branch to limit its enforcement of the “Johnson Amendment.” As previously reported, the Johnson Amendment prohibits organizations that are...more

What Employers Need to Know about Trump’s Religious Liberty Executive Order

by Fisher Phillips on

President Trump signed an executive order on religious liberty last week to commemorate the National Day of Prayer. Like many before it, the exact contents of this order were hotly anticipated, fueled by White House leaks and...more

KL Snapshot #13 – Mars-Avril 2017

Jean-Pierre Mattout - La révocation du président pour différend stratégique avec l’actionnaire majoritaire, in Revue des sociétés avril 2017 - Gilles Kolifrath, Jérôme Blanchet, Mélanie Goupy & Galina Petrova -...more

President Trump’s New Johnson Amendment Executive Order: Is the Bark Worse than the Bite?

Earlier last week we reported on proposed bills regarding the repeal or modification of the “Johnson Amendment” which established the absolute prohibition on political campaign activity by 501(c)(3) charitable organizations. ...more

The Trump Administration Retweets and Retreats

by Jackson Walker on

Perhaps now more than ever before, Twitter takes center stage for social and public discourse. Many have wryly commented that we elected a “Tweeter-in-Chief” with President Trump, due to his prolific tweeting about...more

Talk Less, Smile More? Employee Political Speech and Activity

In the current political climate, talking politics has undoubtedly become a national pastime. Over the past several months, political discussions have been infiltrating the workplace, leaving many employers asking whether...more

Keep your politics off LinkedIn because it will hurt your brand

by Ary Rosenbaum on

I had a great interview with Bruce Johnston on this site about social media and I think one of the important lessons he taught was how LinkedIn wasn’t Facebook. It’s a networking tool and what you might post on Facebook isn’t...more

United States Supreme Court Upholds Campaign Ad Disclosure Requirement

by Snell & Wilmer on

In its recent four-word decision (“The judgment is affirmed.”) Independence Institute v. Federal Election Commission, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a campaign finance law requirement that donors backing certain campaign ads...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

Political Discourse and Professionalism

by Blattel Communications on

We’ve been part of numerous professional services client discussions where the question asked is, “Can I discuss politics on social media?” The answer we generally give is, “No,” as one always risks losing favor from the...more

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