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America is as politically polarized as it has been since the Civil War. Right versus left, Democrats versus Republicans, red versus blue, one thing is clear—everyone has an opinion, and it’s often a loud one.

Most employers, though, would prefer employees focus on work and not the state of the world when they are on the clock. So how can you quell political arguments in the workplace?

THE LAW: The First Amendment protects citizens against government action limiting free speech, but does not limit private employers’ actions. (Public employers, because they are arms of the government, have limited ways of curtailing political speech.)

Some 30 states have laws barring employers from regulating legal, off-duty employee activities.

Finally, the National Labor Rela­tions Act guarantees employees’ rights to discuss working conditions without fear of employer reprisal.

WHAT’S NEW: The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has consis...(register to read more)

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