September 29th is the night of the first presidential debates between President Trump and challenger Joe Biden. This close presidential race stands out as the most contentious in modern times and the followers of each candidate are not likely to limit their expressions and feelings to nonworking times and nonworking areas.
In addition, the Black Lives Matter and #MeToo movements are strong winds swirling across all walks of life, including the workplace. For example, WholeFoods is currently embroiled in litigation concerning its enforcement of its workplace expression policy. There are lessons in that litigation for other entities trying to get ahead of these issues and keep politics and social issues away from their customers and workers.
Should employers have a “social issues” policy? If so what would it include? What are the enforcement issues? Are their statutes or other protections concerning the right to protest and express beliefs and feelings? What does the employer do when coworkers, customers, vendors or others disagree and that disagreement impacts the workplace?
This webinar will examine the legal and practical issues faced by employers seeking to regulate political and social expressions in the workplace and how to handle allegations of misconduct stemming from the turbulence taking place in society.