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Politics in the Workplace

Maintain a conflict friendly workplace and abide by laws that may be implicated during the political season.

The 2020 presidential election promises to be one for the history books as President Trump looks to serve four more years and presumptive Democratic-nominee, former Vice President Joe Biden, tries to gain the necessary momentum to make Trump a one-term president. A presidential election is never dull but throw in COVID-19 and its impact on our economy and you have one exciting election season. Given the state of our union, employers across the country can expect a lot of political discussions and political actions in the workplace. This information will help you learn how to describe the rights that employees may have to discuss or engage in political activity in the workplace; identify any obligations that employers may have when political discussions implicate employees' protected classes; recognize when political discussions may qualify as protected concerted activity under the NLRA; and explain best practices for lessening the likelihood of employee conflict on polarizing political topics. Learn about other risks and best practices associated with this issue. This information is critical for employers interested in maintaining a conflict friendly workplace and abiding by laws that may be implicated during the political season.

Runtime: 90 minutes
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Agenda

Political Beliefs and Protected Classes Under Anti-Discrimination Laws

  • This Year's Presidential Race May Present Unique Challenges
  • How Protected Classes May Be Implicated in a Political Campaign Year
  • Associational Issues Under Title VII

Can You Limit Political Speech in the Workplace?

  • No Federal Law Protecting Political Speech for Private Employers
  • State Laws May Provide Some Protection or Impose Obligations on Private Employers
  • Could Political Speech Be Protected Under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA)?
  • Applying the Rules in a Nondiscriminatory Fashion

Practical Considerations for Addressing Political Speech

  • Working Time vs. Nonworking Time
  • Jobs Which Deal With the Public
  • Political Viewpoint as a Diversity Issue
  • Posters, Buttons, T-Shirts and Other Forms of Political Expression
  • Employee Use of Email to Promote Their Candidate or Issues
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Applications have not yet been submitted for Delaware, Idaho, Kentucky, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Wyoming CLE for this course. However, if you are interested in obtaining CLE for any of the listed states or have any additional credit questions please email us at [email protected] or call us at 866-352-9540.

This course was last revised on July 15, 2020.

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  • AK CLE 1.5
     
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  • AL CLE 1.5
     
  • This course or a portion thereof has been approved by the Alabama State Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Commission for a maximum of 1.5 hours credit.
     
  • AR CLE 1.5
     
  • This course has been approved for 1.5 hours of CLE by the Arkansas CLE Board.
     
  • Arizona CLE 1.5
     
  • The Arizona State Bar does not pre-approve or pre-certify MCLE programs. However, records of this program and attendance will be maintained by Lorman Education Services for auditing purposes. This activity may qualify for up to 1.5 hours toward your annual CLE requirement for the State Bar of Arizona.
     
  • CA MCLE 1.5
     
  • Lorman Business Center, LLC. is a State Bar of California approved MCLE sponsor and this course qualifies for 1.5 CLE hours of participatory credit.
     
  • CT CLE 1.5
     
  • Neither the Connecticut Judicial Branch nor the Commission on Minimum Continuing Legal Education approve or accredit CLE providers or activities. This course has been approved for CLE credit in jurisdictions aside from CT and therefore it automatically meets the content and delivery requirements in Connecticut. Credit is based on a 60 minute credit hour and shall be awarded as follows: 1.5 CLE credit(s).
     
  • HI CLE 1.5
     
  • This program was approved by the Hawaii State Board of Continuing Legal Education for 1.5 CLE credit hours.
     
  • IL CLE 1.5
     
  • This course was approved for a total of 1.5 hours of MCLE Credit by the Illinois MCLE Board.
     
  • ME CLE 1.5
     
  • This course has been approved by the State of Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar. Lawyers who complete this course shall receive 1.5 hours of CLE credit under M. Bar R. 12.
     
  • ND CLE 1.5
     
  • North Dakota CLE policy does not allow for pre-approval of any self-study courses. This course may qualify for up to 1.5 hours of CLE credit.
     
  • NH MCLE 1.5
     
  • NH MCLE does not approve or accredit CLE activities for the NH Minimum CLE requirement. Lorman Education Services believes this Ondemand course meets the requirement of NH Supreme Court Rule 53 and may qualify for CLE credit(s). Program Length: 90 Minutes.
     
  • NJ CLE 1.8
     
  • This program has been approved by the Board on Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of New Jersey for 1.8 hours of total CLE credit.
     
  • NV CLE 1.5
     
  • This program has been approved by the Nevada Board of Continuing Legal Education for 1.5 CLE hours.
     
  • PA CLE 1.5
     
  • This Distance Learning program has been approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 1.5 hours of substantive law, practice and procedure CLE credit.
     
  • RI CLE 1.5
     
  • This program has been approved by the Rhode Island Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Commission for 1.5 hours of CLE credit.
     
  • VT CLE 1.5
     
  • This self-study program has been approved by the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Board of Vermont for 1.5 hour(s) of CLE credit. Please note: Attorneys may only claim 6 credits per compliance period in this format. This course is considered "Non-Moderated Programming without Interactivity".
     
  • WA CLE 1.5
     
  • This program has been approved by the Washington State Board of Continuing Legal Education for 1.5 hours of A/V credit under the Law & Legal Procedure category.
     
  • WI CLE 1.5
     
  • This program qualifies for 1.5 hour(s) of ondemand CLE through the WI Board of Bar Examiners.
     
  • WV MCLE 1.8
     
  • This program has been approved by the West Virginia State Bar MCLE Commission for 1.8 MCLE hours.
     
  • HR Certification Institute 1.5
     
  • This E-Learning program has been approved for 1.5 (General) recertification credit hours toward aPHR(TM), aPHRi(TM), PHR®, PHRca®, SPHR®, GPHR®, PHRi(TM) and SPHRi(TM)recertification through HR Certification Institute® (HRCI®). For more information about certification or recertification, please visit the HR Certification Institute website at www.hrci.org.
     
  • SHRM 1.5
     
  • Lorman Education Services is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM. This program is valid for 1.5 PDC(s) for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit www.shrmcertification.org.
     

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  • Arizona CLE 1.5
     
  • CA MCLE 1.5
     
  • CT CLE 1.5
     
  • HI CLE 1.5
     
  • ME CLE 1.5
     
  • NJ CLE 1.8
     
  • NV CLE 1.5
     
  • VT CLE 1.5
     
  • WA CLE 1.5
     
  • WV MCLE 1.8
     
The CLE Code is ONLY a requirement when applying for CLE Credit in California (for participatory credit), Kansas, New Jersey or New York. Other states do not need to supply the CLE Code to apply for CLE credit.

This program does NOT qualify, nor meet the National Standard for NASBA accreditation.

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Gregory P. Abrams

Gregory P. Abrams

Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

  • Partner at the Chicago office of Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
  • Counsels clients on matters involving drug and alcohol testing, criminal background checks, covenants not to compete, wage and hour laws, and employee discipline and termination; practice includes working with organizations to create separation agreements and releases, employee handbooks, and other employment policies
  • Defends companies in employment litigation, including representing employers in complex, classwide, and systemic litigation
  • Regularly defends employers in a full range of employment cases, including claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA),the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), and other state and federal anti-discrimination, wage and hour, and anti-retaliation laws
  • J.D. degree, University of Chicago Law School; B.A. degree in economics and political science, summa cum laude, University of Pennsylvania
  • Can be contacted at 312-356-5047 or [email protected]
Kelly A. Petrocelli

Kelly A. Petrocelli

Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

  • Counsel in the Chicago office of Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
  • Counsels clients on matters involving personnel policies and procedures, wage and hour classification, hiring, leaves of absence, employee discipline and termination, and reductions in force; counseling includes drafting and negotiating separation agreements and releases, covenants not to compete, and executive employment agreements
  • Defends businesses in employment-related litigation, including claims brought by employees under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), and other state and federal anti-discrimination, wage and hour, and anti-retaliation laws
  • Advises businesses in corporate transactions regarding compliance with employment laws
  • Prior to law school, Kelly worked in Washington, D.C., for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the Democratic Caucus of the U.S. House of Representatives
  • J.D. degree, magna cum laude and Order of the Coif, Maurer School of Law, Indiana University; B.A. degree in American public affairs: social relations, James Madison College at Michigan State University
  • Can be contacted at 312-569-1343 or [email protected]
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Published 2020
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