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Courts uphold law enforcement officer’s discharge for racially insensitive posts

Posted in First Amendment, Public Sector Employment, Social media
The freedom of speech afforded by the First Amendment is remarkably broad. Several categories of speech, including even “hate speech,” are afforded varying degrees of protection. However, the freedom of speech guaranteed by the First Amendment is not without limits, even for public sector employees. Governmental employees who voice their opinions — even on matters of… Continue Reading

Before you fire that political extremist . . .

Posted in Discrimination, Harassment, HR, Politics, Public Sector Employment, Social media, Wrongful Discharge
If you’re a private sector employer, you can generally fire an at-will employee for his or her political beliefs or expression. The First Amendment, as we discussed last week, does not limit you. Depending on where you are, there may be state or local laws protecting employees from discrimination based on their political beliefs or… Continue Reading

Are police-worn body cameras a mandatory subject of bargaining?

Posted in Labor Relations, Public Sector Employment
Whether justified or not, the recent spate of high-profile police shooting cases throughout the United States has brought national attention to the issue of whether law enforcement officers should be using body cameras while on duty. Currently, a debate rages among the various stakeholders concerning the pros and cons of body cameras. Those in favor… Continue Reading

Employment and labor law developments (and a few other things) I’m thankful for

Posted in Affirmative Action, Discrimination, Elections, FOCUS, Gender Identity Discrimination, Labor Relations, Public Sector Employment, Settlements, Sexual Orientation
This has been a weird year for me. (And, no, I’m not even thinking about the election!) But I have much to be thankful for, and I hope you do, too. BREAKING THING TO BE THANKFUL FOR: Yesterday evening, the U.S. Department of Labor’s new rule governing white-collar exemptions under the Fair Labor Standards Act was struck… Continue Reading

There’s a new Sheriff in town: The politics and pitfalls of patronage dismissals (Part 2 of 2)

Posted in First Amendment, Public Sector Employment
NOTE FROM ROBIN: This is the second and final installment in a series on the law regarding patronage dismissals in public sector employment by Damon Kitchen, head of our public sector industry group. In last week’s installment, I provided an introduction to the issue of patronage dismissals in the public sector, and a discussion of the Supreme… Continue Reading

There’s a new Sheriff in town: The politics and pitfalls of patronage dismissals (Part 1 of 2)

Posted in First Amendment, Public Sector Employment
NOTE FROM ROBIN: This is the first in a two-part series on the law regarding patronage dismissals in public sector employment by Damon Kitchen, head of our public sector industry group. Damon, welcome to the blog!  It’s election season, and each year, like the dead leaves that fall from the trees, many loyal and long-term… Continue Reading