First Amendment, Social Media and Workplace Impact Webinar

  • October 4, 2021
First Amendment, Social Media and Workplace Impact Webinar

First Amendment, Social Media and Workplace Impact

Monday, October 4, 2021 at 12 p.m.

Social media's reach extends into every aspect of life, and more and more, it is affecting every aspect of the workplace. Today’s workforce depends heavily upon the internet and social media for communication -- and that dependence is only growing. Use of inappropriate images and/or language can have a detrimental impact upon employers and the workplace. This program will provide an outline of the current legal parameters guiding such communication in the public and private sectors.
We will consider the following questions, among others:
  • Can an employer restrict employee speech?
  • Is there a difference between spoken words and posting on social media?
  • Are there differences between public and private employment concerning employee speech?
  • Does the type of employment of the employee matter?
  • Can an employer discipline an employee for inappropriate or offensive speech?
  • Should employees be subject to discipline for what they post on social media?
  • Are there First Amendment implications for an employer taking action against employee speech either during or after working hours?

There is no cost for attending this webinar. After registering for this webinar, you will receive a confirming e-mail containing information about joining the webinar. 
About Our Presenters

Thomas N. Ryan, Esq. is a founding partner and the Managing Partner of Laddey Clark & Ryan LLP. Tom, who is Co-Practice Leader of the Firm’s Employment and Labor Practice, is an employment and commercial litigator and a business lawyer who focuses on representing management and individuals in both the private and public sectors. He has litigated cases in both the New Jersey State Superior Courts and in Federal District Court. Tom has extensive experience in employment discrimination, wrongful termination, discipline, breach of contract, harassment, wage and hour, collective bargaining, and other employment related issues.

In addition to litigating cases in the State and Federal Courts, he also advocates on behalf of clients in the Administrative Courts; before the Department of Labor, NLRB, OSHA, PERC, EEOC and NJDCR. He represents clients on employment contracts, compensation agreements, non-competition and non-disclosure agreements and severance agreements. Tom reviews and prepares personnel policies and handbooks, conducts investigations into employee complaints, provides harassment and discrimination training and counsels clients on all employment issues.

Fredric Knapp, Senior Counsel, is active in Laddey Clark & Ryan’s Employment and Labor Law and Government Services practices, calling upon his 35+ years of experience. Building on his law enforcement and investigatory background, he also conducts internal investigations. He also leads Laddey Clark & Ryan’s Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR) practice, servicing as a mediator, arbitrator and hearing officer. Fred was formerly Morris County Prosecutor, serving from 2014 until his retirement on in November 2020.

Please Join Us for Future Programs in 2021
Laddey, Clark, & Ryan Employment Series continues with:

November 11, 2021: Workplace Conduct and Internal Investigation
December 9, 2021: Overcoming Bias in the Workplace