With the first presidential debates happening tonight, political small talk is going to happen at work, especially given the drama of this election season.  While a respectful debate over lunch or a brief remark may not merit a response from management, what do you do when political arguments at work turn ugly?

Generally speaking, a private employer can limit political expression in the workplace – as long as they don’t violate Section 7 rights or applicable state laws.  While Section 7 protects some political activities, it doesn’t give employees the right to discuss, during work hours, politics that aren’t work-related.

So what political discussions are work-related?  An example of protected conversations would be employees talking about their pay in light of gender pay equality laws or discussing social media privacy protection legislation.

For assistance drafting a workplace policy or determining where to draw the line, I will make sure you know your responsibilities, options, and opportunities, so you can move forward with clarity and confidence.   Call me today at 505-255-5433.

I’m looking forward to hearing from you,


Tara Spracklen, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Client HR Manager  

Office: 505-255-5433 ext. 338 


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