Review of Legal Issues Related to Free Speech in the Workplace...Including Political Free Speech (repeated session)

2019 Employment Law & Legislative Conference
Find out what types of speech employers can legally monitor and control.

Repeated on Tuesday at 4:00pm

The workplace is ever-changing.  Technology and media have opened seemingly endless portals of communication.  The traditional workplace has also evolved with more employees working remotely during and beyond normal work hours.  As a result the lines between work and personal time are blurred.  Likewise, the separation between work communications and personal expressions isn't always clear.  Federal and state laws protect some employee speech, but not all.  This leaves employers wondering what speech they can monitor and control.  This session will review the legal issues related to free speech and privacy and the limits of what employers can control. Following this session, attendees will:

  • Better understand the legal issues related to free speech and other protected activities
Date(s) & Time(s): 
Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 1:15pm to 2:15pm

James Reidy, Esq.

Reidy, Esq.

James (Jim) P. Reidy is a shareholder at Sheehan Phinney Bass & Green PA in Manchester, N.H., where he is the chair of the firm’s Labor and Employment Practice Group. He earned his B.A. from Assumption College, his M.P.A. from Northeastern University and his J.D. from New England School of Law. He has extensive experience handling matters before the N.H. Department of Labor, the N.H. Commission for Human Rights, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the U.S. Department of Labor. Jim is admitted to practice in New Hampshire, Massachusetts and before the First Circuit Court of Appeals. He is a member of the American Bar Association and the New Hampshire Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Section. Jim is the Manchester Area Human Resource Association vice president of legal and legislative affairs, former legislative affairs vice president for the New Hampshire State (HR) Council, a member of the N.H. Business and Industry Association, chair of the N.H. Tech Alliance's HR Exchange, moderator of NHLABORNET and editor of the New England Employment Law Letter. Jim writes, lectures and presents seminars on a wide range of employment law topics. He has been a media resource on workplace law for media outlets including CNN, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times’ business magazine, Bloomberg, WMUR, NPR, The Associated Press, NPR Marketplace, BuzzFeed, Law 360, Inc., “The HR Power Hour,” “HR Break Room,” SKI magazine and HR Magazine as well as several local publications. Best Lawyers USA named Jim the 2020 Lawyer of the Year for labor and employment law (Manchester), and the NH Business Review named him one of the top 200 most influential business leaders in New Hampshire. Most recently, Jim was inducted as a Fellow into the American Bar Association College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.

Room: Congressional A
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Concurrent Session
HR Expertise
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