Navigating the Landmines of Free Speech and Political Disclosure in the Workplace

November 14, 2023

In recent years, employers have increasingly grappled with issues arising from “free speech” as employees are seemingly willing to openly – and, on occasion, passionately – debate topics that were once considered “taboo” in the workplace. Whether around the proverbial office water cooler, in a Zoom meeting, or social media, employees are commonly engaging their co-workers on traditionally personal issues such as political viewpoints, women’s rights, religious expression, and diversity.

Needless to say, this dialogue has had an adverse impact on the workplace as intense disagreements, inflammatory dialogue, and heightened tensions have opened the doors to potential claims of discrimination, harassment and retaliation. In a recent survey conducted by the Society for Human Resources Management, nearly 50 percent of respondents reported that they have experienced political disagreements in the workplace; and, 26 percent said they have personally experienced differential treatment because of their political views or affiliation. This is a disturbing set of affairs that raises numerous questions for employers, such as:

  • Does the First Amendment guarantee of “freedom of speech” apply to the workplace?
  • What policies can I implement to limit or prohibit certain types of speech in the workplace?
  • Can I discipline an employee for comments made on social media?
  • Could my organization be subject to legal liability if it fails to adopt policies restricting speech in the workplace?

In this webinar, we will answer these questions and discuss the best practices that you can implement to mitigate potential legal exposure arising from speech in the workplace.

This program will consist of a substantive presentation followed by a question and answer period. To ensure that questions are answered, attendees are encouraged to submit their questions in advance of this webinar.

The On-Demand version of this webinar will be available for purchase one week after the conclusion of the live webinar. 

Target Audience

  • Human Resources Managers and Staff
  • “C-Suite” Leadership: CEOs, CFOs, CMOs, COOs, and CCOs
  • Directors and Supervisors
  • Compliance Officers
  • Risk Managers
  • In-House Legal Counsel

Learning Objectives

After this webinar, you will be able to:

  • Understand the legal parameters of “free speech” in the workplace
  • Identify key red flags that may place your organization in hot water
  • Adopt policies to mitigate potential liabilities
  • Recognize the best practices to proactively navigate issues arising from speech in the workplace
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 Certificate of Attendance
  • 1.20 CPE
    FTLF is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors.
Course opens: 
11/19/2022
Course expires: 
02/15/2023
Event starts: 
11/14/2023 - 1:00pm EST
Event ends: 
11/14/2023 - 2:00pm EST
Cost:
$175.00

H. SCOTT JOHNSON, JR.

A Senior Counsel with the firm in the Government Contracts, Litigation, Federal Grants, and Health Law practice groups, Scott maintains an active practice advising business and institutional clients on employment matters, commercial agreements, government contracts, and risk management. In addition to his corporate practice, Scott is also well-regarded for his employment and complex civil litigation practice. His complex civil litigation experience includes representing businesses in a wide variety of contract disputes and business torts including tortious interference, breach of fiduciary duty, civil conspiracy, defamation, fraud, and misappropriation of trade secrets. [Full Bio]

Participants can earn up to 1.20 CPE credits in Specialized Knowledge and Applications upon completion of all course requirements.

ATTENDEE REQUIREMENTS FOR CPE CREDIT

If you purchase CPE credit for this webinar you must satisfy the following conditions in order to receive your certificate:

  1. Answer at least 3 of the 5 polling questions during the webinar
  2. Complete the evaluation survey after the conclusion of the webinar or in the follow-up email

Upon completion of these requirements, FTLF will email you your CPE Certificate within seven (7) business days.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • Prerequisites: None 
  • Target Audience: Human Resources Managers and Staff, “C-Suite” Leadership: CEOs, CFOs, CMOs, COOs, and CCOs, Directors and Supervisors, Compliance Officers, Risk Managers, In-House Legal Counsel
  • Advanced Preparation: None  
  • Program Level: All
  • Delivery Method: Group Internet Based
  • Attendance Requirements: In order to be awarded the full credits, you must respond to three (3) out of five (5) polling questions.

Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website www.nasbaregistry.org (formerly www.learningmarket.org).

Available Credit

  • 1.00 Certificate of Attendance
  • 1.20 CPE
    FTLF is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors.

Price

Cost:
$175.00
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