Here are three critical points employers need to know regarding legal voting rights and political activities in the workplace in terms of the upcoming election.
1. Voting. In Ohio, employers cannot fire or threaten to fire an employee for taking a reasonable amount of time to vote. Employers also cannot induce or compel an employee to vote or refrain from voting.
2. Union Activity. According to NLRB guidelines, a strictly political activity not tied to any labor or employment related concerns may be prohibited by lawful employment policies. If the political activity is tied to labor or employment related concerns and not restricted by lawful employment policies, employees may be protected.
3. Policies. Employers should create policies regarding political issues and elections such as appropriate behavior and use of the company building, email, public areas, dress code, political paraphernalia, and political discussions, and apply these policies consistently throughout the organization. If these policies have already been created, it’s important to communicate and remind employees of them.
For additional questions regarding issues involving dealing with politics in the workplace, ERC members are encouraged to contact firstname.lastname@example.org.