Legal Alert: Employers' Response to Employee Political Advocacy Activities

Last spring, many employers experienced mass unauthorized absences from employees, who left their work in order to participate in nationwide and local demonstrations, organized to protest regulations and policies related to immigration, or to demand legislative action on this subject. Observers expect the continuation, and even an increase in, such employee activities in the foreseeable future. The NLRB General Counsel (GC) recently issued a Guideline Memorandum on the subject of employee political advocacy activities that may provide some guidance to employers.

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