Political activity in the workplace: Can you discipline employees?

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The upcoming elections will highlight partisan politics and controversial issues affecting employees. No doubt, your workplace will be the site of some political discussions—and maybe overtly political activity. You need to understand when you can and cannot discipline employees for political activity.

What if some employees do not show up for a scheduled shift to attend a political rally in favor of a controversial ballot measure? What if you learn that, in their off-duty time, they are campaigning for the act? What if a group of employees walks off the job, protesting your sick leave policies?

NLRA protects worker advocacy

The National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) protects some forms of workplace political advocacy. Although the NLRA generally governs unionized workplaces, some of its protections extend to all employees in both unionized and nonunionized settings.

Specifically, Section 7 of the act protects conc...(register to read more)

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