Workplace DRAMA: politics edition

Whenever voting is discussed in our office things get a little tense. I always vote for veggie lovers but our assistant demands chicken alfredo, needless to say…things get pretty out of hand. So, I can only assume that when politics are the issue and not your company’s pizza order, it is best to take the discussion outside of the office.

Luckily, our partner Bill deMeza from Holland & Knight took a minute to break down how to handle this tricky situation. Here is a quick summary:

  • You don’t have to allow your employees to discuss politics at work, in fact “political discrimination” is actually legal.
  • You can ban employees from displaying or distributing political materials at the office.
  • You can implement a “no political activity” policy.

Basically, don’t forget you are the boss! To read more about keeping politics out of the workplace, as well as state specific regulations for Illinois, Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York click here.

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