Feb. 6, 2019

9:00am - 11:00am

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Managing public sector employee presents specific challenges not faced by private sector employers. Public employees maintain their constitutional and statutory right to free speech involving governmental matters or issues of public concern.

In the age of social media, these protections often present unique challenges for public entities. Often public employers must navigate the conflict between employee free speech and efficiently providing services and addressing the concerns of citizens of their community. 
Management must carefully consider free speech rights of their employees before taking disciplinary action against them for exercising these rights.

Learning Objectives:

• Describe the legal protections afforded to public employees under the First Amendment of the Constitution and RSA 98:E, the Public Employee Freedom of Expression Act. 

• Know how and when you are able to discipline employees for their speech, especially in the area of social media usage.

• Review organizational policies to ensure they are compliant with employee free speech protections.

  • Tom Closson

    Tom Closson

    Thomas M. Closson is a Shareholder in the Portsmouth, New Hampshire, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He has been practicing labor and employment law since his admission to the New Hampshire Bar in 1993.

    Prior to joining Jackson Lewis, he was a founder and partner in Flygare, Schwarz & Closson, PLLC, a highly regarded firm specializing in labor and employment law.

    Mr. Closson has extensive trial experience. During his career, he has successfully represented numerous clients before New Hampshire Courts and juries. He was lead trial counsel in one of the New Hampshire Superior Court's most high profile cases, representing the "donor towns" in their challenge to the constitutionality of the Statewide Property Tax.

    Mr. Closson is also an experienced appellate litigator. He has argued, and won, significant cases before the New Hampshire Supreme Court.

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