Managing Political Speech at Work in a Polarized Era

Course Description:

In our current political environment, addressing political speech can seem like a difficult and multifaceted topic for both employers and employees. Specifically, what, if any, political conversation in the workplace is acceptable or appropriate? A recent survey has found that a significantly increased percentage of employees are feeling stressed and strained as a result of increased political speech in the workplace since the 2016 presidential campaign. Employees have also reported that the negativity and divisiveness associated with the campaign have caused them to be less productive. It also interferes with their ability to get work done. In addition to this, some employers have gone as far as firing employees for their Facebook posts and pictures related to politics. Political speech at work is more complex than we likely have given consideration—as such, organizations will benefit from getting a strong handle on the complexity with our contentious political divide. If political speech is not handled well by the organization, it risks lawsuits, absenteeism, and turnover.

Why Should You Attend?

In this practical webinar, you will receive a detailed overview of managing political speech in the workplace. You will learn about the complex laws and regulations that employers should be mindful of when navigating political speech at work and setting the tone of political discussions at work, if any, including

  • The National Labor Review Act (NLRA)
  • Title VII
  • Civil Rights Law
  • You will also receive guidance on how to ensure that your political speech at work fits into your organization’s overall diversity and inclusion strategy.

Upon course completion, you will be able to:

  • Outline workers’ rights regarding political speech
  • Determine the legal rights and responsibilities of the workplace/employer regarding political speech
  • Diminish bias and risk of liability regarding political speech

Area Covered in the Session:

  • What every employer needs to know about the Federal Election Campaign Act?
  • When a political non-solicitation policy can land an employer in a legal battle?
  • To know the Best practices for communicating a political activity policy to the workforce
  • Dress code dos and don’ts as applicable per political speech—and limitations under the National Labor Relations Act.
  • To discuss the first amendment and its role in controlling political speech at work
  • To explore the National Labor Relations Act and how the statute applies to politically charged speech
  • To interpret federal and state anti-discrimination laws and their nexus with political speech
  • To list ten helpful hints in dictating political speech at work
  • To identify the pros and cons of political speech at work
  • To explore the consequences for employees and for organizations when political speech occurs in the workplace
  • To explore the role social media plays in political speech and the workplace
  • To review specific laws related to political speech inside and outside the workplace that may impact a worker’s job
  • To list suggestions of items in your political speech policy.
  • When it’s acceptable to discipline an employee for political-related behavior, including answers to questions such as:
  • What’s likely to constitute political harassment in the workplace?
  • What’s the threshold for establishing business harm on account of an employee’s political speech?

Who Will Benefit:

  • Human Resources Managers.
  • Internal and External Auditors
  • Accounting Staff
  • CEO and CFOs
  • Risk Managers
  • Compliance Managers
  • VPs, GMs, Directors, Division Heads, Senior Managers, and Coordinators
  • HR Directors
  • All HR Practitioners
  • CEO’s, Business Owners,
  • Senior Managers,
  • Leave Administrators,
  • Benefits Administrators,
  • CFO’s,
  • Controllers,
  • Payroll/Compensation Officers,
  • In-House Counsel

Our Speaker

Dr. Susan Strauss

Susan Strauss RN Ed.D. is a national and international speaker, trainer and consultant. Her specialty areas harassment, discrimination and bullying; organization development, and management/leadership development. Her clients are from healthcare, education, business, law, and government organizations from both the public and private sector. Susan conducts bullying and harassment investigations, works as an expert witness for harassment and bullying lawsuits, and coaches those managers and employees that need assistance in stopping their harassing or bullying behavior.

Dr. Strauss has authored over 30 books, book chapters, and articles, as well as written curriculum and training manuals. Susan has been featured on 20/20, CBS Evening News, and other television and radio programs as well as interviewed for newspaper and journal articles such as the Times of London, Lawyers Weekly, and Harvard Education Newsletter.

Susan has presented at international conferences in Botswana, Egypt, Thailand, Israel, Palestine, Bali, Lebanon, and the U.S., and conducted sex discrimination research in Poland. She has consulted with professionals from other countries such as Israel, England, Australia, Canada and St. Maartin. She has her masters in community health and holds a doctorate in organizational leadership.

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