Regulating Employee Behavior: How Far Can You Go?
Gavin S. Appleby, Esq. of Littler Mendelson
Workplaces in the U.S. continue to change and the law continues to make such change complicated. This program on regulating employee expression in and out of the workplace will cover the legal and practical issues related to piercings, tattoos, clothing and office décor. We also will update you on new developments related to texting, sexting, posting (Facebook), tweeting (Twitter) and snapping pictures (Instagram). The EEOC and the NLRB are regularly weighing in on those issues, as are some of the states. How far can you go in regulating conformity, behavior and professionalism? And what laws can get in your way? This program will both identify the legal obstacles and provide suggested approaches to handling the issues while limiting your risk.
Gavin S. Appleby, Esq. is a Shareholder with the law firm of Littler Mendelson in Atlanta where he advises and represents employers in a broad course of employment law matters. His focus ranges from defending single plaintiff and class action employment cases to advising on and litigating wage and hour matters and handling OSHA issues. He also has significant experience in union avoidance, defending union campaigns, handling arbitrations and mediations, and conducting investigations. In the course of his career, Mr. Appleby has tried or arbitrated in excess of 150 cases. He has handled over 75 union campaigns, none of which resulted in continuing union representation at any of the facilities in question. Mr. Appleby provides employers with consulting on human resource practices, including establishing ADR processes, developing systems for providing better and more effective advice to managers, and instituting programs aimed at early resolution of employment problems. He is nationally known for his employment law and diversity training, as well as for developing legally-defensible diversity programs. He also is an expert on OFCCP matters and Title IX compliance. He received his B.A. degree from West Virginia Wesleyan College and his J.D. degree from the University of Virginia where he was a member of the national Moot Court Team. Mr. Appleby is a member of the American Bar Association and the State Bar of Georgia. He lectures extensively throughout the country and has written a number of published articles on employment and labor law issues. He is also the co-author of a text on pre-employment testing. He has been consistently rated among IAML's top four instructors for more than 18 years. He was recently named in Best Lawyers in America 2013, Employment & Labor-Management, Atlanta.
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