Politics in the Workplace
Coffee Break CertiPay HR Ninjas
Start Time: August 27, 2020 11:20 AM
In this HR Coffee Break we tackle politics in the workplace! Learn more about common misconceptions and best practices.
Misconception 1: Employees have a constitutional right to talk “politics” at work
- 1st Amendment does not guarantee “Free Speech” at work.
- 1st Amendment applies to government action.
- It does not limit employers right to limit communication
- It does not provide constitutional right for employees to express opinions
- “Political views” are not a protected class
Misconception 2: Employees have a constitutional right to display and distribute political materials at work
- Employers have the right to adopt and enforce rules prohibiting non-work-related activity
- Employers may ban employees from displaying/distributing materials that are purely political in nature.
- Employers may ban computer and email use for purely political communications
- Employers may ban the display of buttons, shirts, hats , etc. with purely political messages or logos.
- Employees may be lawfully disciplined and or terminated for violating the employers published policies
5 Steps to Best Practices:
- Prepare and Implement a strong “No Political Activity or Solicitation” Policy
- Comply with NLRB and State rules
- Be prepared to address disruptive behavior. Be prompt. Be consistent.
- Discourage Supervisors, Directors, Managers from ALL Political discussions.
- Remind employees of relevant policies