2016 Presidential Political Passions and Contention: How to Navigate Political Speech at Work

Duration: 60 Minutes
Americans will elect the 45th President of the United States on November 8, 2016. This webinar is a must attend for all employers and employees to learn how to navigate political speech at work. The presentation will help the attendees learn workers' rights about political speech and what are the legal rights and responsibilities of the workplace included in political speech by the organization and management and how to diminish bias and risk of liability regarding political speech.
Workplace Laws
Instructor: Dr. Susan Strauss
Product ID: 501441
Objectives of the Presentation
  • To discuss the first amendment and its role in controlling political speech at work
  • To explore the National Labor Relations Act and how the statue 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
Why Should you Attend
Is it Bernie (he's so old) or Hillary (who is a "witch")? Trump (who is crazy), or Cruz (who wears his religion on his sleeve)? Is it okay for me to make those statements about these candidates in the workplace or could it be construed as discrimination? Are you angry and wanting to revolutionize the government or are you thinking it won't be realistic and need to approach the election with a bit more mainstream thinking? And what do your co-workers believe? Does management and the organization stay neutral in their stance or are they outspoken in expressing their viewpoints? Does it matter? This captivating presidential election is both dividing the country and also reflects the division in the U. S., and therefore dividing the workforce. Employers need to be cautious regarding discussing politics in the workplace except in certain states. Thirty five percent of employers openly share their political views with employees; 36% of employees discuss politics at work; of those who did, 23% said it led to heated discussion or an argument. Only 25% of organizations have a written policy on political activities. Eighty percent of employees believe it would be illegal for their employers to terminate them for engaging in political at work. Is there an ethical viewpoint in speaking politics at work? Let's face it, along with religion, sex, and money, politics is one of the most contentious topics in our conversation. Do employers need to be careful of political affiliation discrimination - wait, does that even exist? What laws or regulations should employers consider in setting the tone of political discussions at work, if any? Don't workers have freedom of speech to discuss politics as they see fit? Or, can it get you fired? Financial challenges include the risk of discrimination, loss of productivity when employees spend time discussing politics rather than working. If political speech isn't handled well by the organization, it risks not only lawsuits, but absenteeism and turnover. Shouldn't political speech be an important element of your organization's diversity and inclusion initiative? Political speech at work is more complex than we likely have given consideration-organizations will benefit from getting a strong handle on the complexity with this 2016 presidential election.

Who can Benefit
This webinar is for all industries so identifying specific job titles is not realistic. That said, the following general job titles should attend:
  • CEO
  • COO
  • CFO
  • VP of HR
  • All HR directors, managers, and generalists
  • Supervisors
  • Managers
  • Director of Risk Management
Topic Background
Politics is often one of those topics, along with religion and sex that is best avoided in the workplace. However, as people who spend most of working hours at work, and with the divisiveness of this year's election, politics is bound to come up around the water cooler or in the cafeteria. Do we really need to not mention why we are supporting a certain candidate with our colleagues? Can the workplace actually monitor if we do engage in political speech? What about blogging our party's line on our personal blot - could we get into trouble at work? These issues will be addressed in the webinar.
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Instructor Profile:
Dr. Susan Strauss is a national and international speaker, trainer, consultant and a recognized expert investigator on workplace and school harassment and bullying. She conducts harassment and bullying investigations and functions as an expert witness in harassment and bullying lawsuits. Her clients are from business, education, healthcare, law, and government organizations from both the public and private sector.

Dr. Strauss also provides organizational, management, and employee development by conducting training, coaching, and facilitating workshops. She has been the Director of Training and Development and consults with a variety of organizations and industries, both large and small. Susan has also been the director of Wellness and has consulted with organizations to help them design, develop, implement and evaluate their Wellness programs.

Susan has a doctorate in organizational leadership. She is a registered nurse, has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and counseling, a master’s degree in community health, and professional certificate in training and development. She has been involved in the harassment and bullying arena since 1985.
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