SEMINAR: When Employees Go Viral: Speech Within and Outside of the Workplace

March 15, 2018
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
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Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
525 University Avenue, 14th Floor
Palo Alto, CA 94301

When Employees Go Viral: Speech Within and Outside of the Workplace

The recent "Google Memo" unleashed a heated debate about the limits of employee expression both within and outside of the workplace. While the First Amendment generally prohibits the government -- not private employers -- from curtailing a person's free speech rights, there are a host of important factors relating to self-expression that employers should consider -- from both legal and cultural perspectives. 

Please join us as we explore these timely, thought-provoking and important issues. Labor and employment attorney Anne Villanueva will address the following questions in this critical area of employee relations:

  • What is the legal landscape with respect to employee expression in the workplace of private employers?
  • Do any laws speak to private employers' rights, obligations, and limitations with respect to the regulation of employee speech outside of the workplace?
  • Do California and federal laws regarding employee speech differ, and if so, in what respects?
  • What policies and procedures should companies consider with respect to employee speech within and outside of the workplace?
  • In what ways have federal and state laws changed in connection with the growth of the Internet as a medium of employee speech?
  • What are some "best practices" a company should follow when faced with a public controversy arising out of an employee's self-expression?

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Anne Villanueva, associate attorney with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP

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