What's Protected under the 1st Amendment?

What's Protected under the 1st Amendment?

Could this happen to you?  As reported by the New York Post, a Memphis employer found itself on the receiving end of a barrage of complaints after one of its employees was captured on social media wearing a racist t-shirt to the polls on Election Day.  The employer investigated and decided to terminate the employee.  For some, terminating the employee may seem like a foregone conclusion.  Others may be wary that terminating the employee may violate the employee’s First Amendment right to free speech.  How do you ensure that you comply with the law and protect your business reputation when it comes to your employees’ off duty activity-both on and off social media?

Voting Rights per State

Voting Rights per State

Midterm elections are upon us, and employees may be eligible for paid time off from work to vote. More than 20 states require employers to allow paid time off, some with some restrictions, and other states require at least unpaid time off. See the chart below for information on whether you must provide your employees with paid time off to vote, and what other provisions may apply.

Google Walkout

Google Walkout

On Thursday, November 1, Google employees across the world participated in a walkout in response to the company’s handling of sexual harassment and misconduct claims. Many claim Google has treated female workers inequitably for years, and others are outraged that a Google executive was awarded a $90 million exit package even after the company concluded that a harassment claim against him was credible.

Duluth, MN Paid Sick and Safe Leave

Duluth, MN Paid Sick and Safe Leave

On May 29, 2018, the Duluth City Council adopted Ordinance 10571, establishing minimum standards for paid earned sick and safe time in the city. The ordinance will take effect on January 1, 2020, making Duluth the third city in Minnesota to enact a paid sick and safe time law. The new ordinance applies to private employers with five or more employees, regardless of whether employees work in Duluth or whether the employer is physically located in the city.

Politics in the Workplace

Politics in the Workplace

One of your employees reports a coworker for expressing extreme political views on social media.  An employee frequently arrives at work wearing hats and shirts supporting a controversial candidate for office.  A notice is posted on your breakroom bulletin board inviting employees to a rally in support of a position on a hot button issue.  What should you do?  What can you do?

Marijuana Initiatives on the Ballot this November

Marijuana Initiatives on the Ballot this November

With the election less than a month away, a big issue that employers should take note of, is the recreational marijuana measure that five states will vote on.  Currently there are 30 states that have legalized marijuana use to a certain degree, including nine states that have legalized recreational marijuana (Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont and Washington).

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