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