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Politics in the Workplace: An Election-Year Guide

Politics in the Workplace: An Election-Year Guide

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Politics in the Workplace: An Election-Year Guide

Live Webinar: Tuesday, September 29, 2020

1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Eastern / 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Pacific


WEBINAR SNAPSHOT: In this webinar, we will use case studies to discuss practical approaches to managing political speech in the workplace.


Political conversations at work often erupt into heated debates that can have negative consequences on workplace morale, cause interpersonal conflicts, and undermine productivity. This webinar discusses how to address political conversations at work, examines common misconceptions about free speech (i.e., wearing of political buttons or displaying political materials, etc.), and will give an overview of legal issues that govern speech in the workplace. Since this is an election year, it is especially important that employers prepare and have a clear policy on political activity, including investigating complaints and enforcing the policy. We will discuss real case studies and recommend practical tips for your workplace.

 

At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Can employers regulate political speech in the workplace?
  • What constitutes political speech?
  • Can we prohibit/punish employees for using company property (computers, printers, cell phones) to campaign for a candidate or cause?
  • Can we impose reasonable off-duty restrictions on employees, such as on social media?
  • Learn how not to handle politics in the workplace from recent case studies

About Your Presenter

Peter LowePeter Lowe
Partner
Brann & Isaacson

Peter Lowe is a partner with Brann & Isaacson, a Maine law firm, and he provides advice and counsel to clients on labor and employment law and education law. Peter serves as counsel for many Maine and New England companies, including L.L. Bean, Inc. Peter also represents public school districts and municipalities throughout Maine.