2020 Leadership Speaker Series Decision 2020-The Convergence of Social Media, Political Expression and the Workplace, Presented by: Burt Garland, Jr.

Burt Garland, Jr., Shareholder, Ogletree Deakins

2020 is a big election year and these days, social media is ever present.  During this session we will explore employer and employee conduct on social media in a general context, including (but not limited to) the pros and cons of social media, employer governance of employee social media activities, and the laws applicable to such conduct. We will then dive into a general discussion of political expression in the workplace. Finally, we will engage in a robust – but apolitical – discussion on the convergence of social media, political expression, and the workplace. Most importantly, we will offer strategies for employers to respectfully control the level of workplace political discourse and foster a more harmonious workforce.

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