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.

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

You will learn the following:

  • 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?
Faculty Member
Susan Strauss

Dr. Susan Strauss is a national and international speaker, trainer, author, and consultant. Her specialty areas include management/leadership development, organization development, discrimination, and communication, and she trains and consults with virtual managers and teams. She is the author of over 30 books and publications and has appeared on national and international TV and radio programs. She has her doctorate in organizational leadership.

CLE Credits (Law)

Credit Value Type Format
NALA - - Credit not available
NFPA - - Credit not available
AL 1.3 General
On-Demand/Recording
AK 1.25 General
On-Demand/Recording
AR Not Available General
On-Demand/Recording
AZ 1.25 General
On-Demand/Recording
CA 1.25 General
On-Demand/Recording
CO 1.5 General
On-Demand/Recording
CT 1.25 General
On-Demand/Recording
DE 1.3 General
On-Demand/Recording
FL 1.5 General
On-Demand/Recording
GA 1.3 General
On-Demand/Recording
HI 1.25 General
On-Demand/Recording
IA 1.25 General
On-Demand/Recording
ID 1.25 General
On-Demand/Recording
IL 1.25 General
On-Demand/Recording
IN 1.3 General
On-Demand/Recording
KS Not Available General
On-Demand/Recording
KY 1.25 General
On-Demand/Recording
LA 1.25 General
On-Demand/Recording
ME 1.25 General
On-Demand/Recording
MN 1.25 General
On-Demand/Recording
MO 1.5 General
On-Demand/Recording
MS 1.3 General
On-Demand/Recording
MT 1.25 General
On-Demand/Recording
NC 1.25 General
On-Demand/Recording
ND 1.25 General
On-Demand/Recording
NE Not Available General
On-Demand/Recording
NH 1.25 General
On-Demand/Recording
NJ 1.5 General
On-Demand/Recording
NM 1.25 General
On-Demand/Recording
NV 1 General
On-Demand/Recording
NY 1.5 Areas of Professional Practice (NY)
On-Demand/Recording
OH 1.3 General
On-Demand/Recording
OK 1.5 General
On-Demand/Recording
OR 1.25 General
On-Demand/Recording
PA 1 General
On-Demand/Recording
RI Not Available General
On-Demand/Recording
SC Not Available General
On-Demand/Recording
TN 1.25 General
On-Demand/Recording
TX 1.25 General
On-Demand/Recording
UT 1 General
On-Demand/Recording
VA Not Available General
On-Demand/Recording
VT 1.25 General
On-Demand/Recording
WA 1.25 Law and Legal Procedure
On-Demand/Recording
WI 1.5 General
On-Demand/Recording
WV 1.5 General
On-Demand/Recording
WY 1.25 General
On-Demand/Recording

In some CLE states, the course will be submitted to the bar after you register. If for any reason the course is not approved, we will fully refund your registration fee. If a state is listed on this course, then we are confident the course fits that state's standards and already is or will be approved for credit.

HR Credits

Credit Value Type Format
HRCI 1.25 General
On-Demand/Recording
SHRM 1.25 General
On-Demand/Recording

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