Tag: protests

Can They Do That? Firing Employees for Off-Duty Conduct

by T. Harold Pinkley Participating in last year’s Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia—an event that involved several groups usually identified as the “alt-right,” along with groups protesting the marchers—has proven to have unforeseen and unintended consequences, including job loss, for some of the people involved. This article examines how you can or should […]

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Alt-right protests: Protected off-duty activity or cause for termination?

It’s an employer’s nightmare. An employee shows up in a video making the rounds on social media taking part in a protest that includes violent clashes and racist insults. The employer wants no association with such actions and decides to cut ties. Will there be legal trouble if the employee is fired? Possibly, according to […]

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‘Tis the season for holiday protests: Retailers, know your rights

by Katherine Siuta O’Shea With the holiday season upon us, nonemployee protesters, whether they’re labor organizers or others, often target retailers in an effort to maximize the reach of their message during the increased seasonal foot traffic. Repeated efforts by nonemployee protesters can be a source of concern for retailers and can have a negative […]

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McDonald’s joins Wal-Mart in boosting wages

The wage and benefit increases McDonald’s announced on April 1 put the fast-food giant on the same path retailer Wal-Mart took in February when it announced an increase in its starting wage. McDonald’s announced that beginning July 1, it will raise starting pay at company-owned restaurants to $1 over the locally mandated minimum wage. Full- […]

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