Employees are coming back to work and there’s a lot to talk about: COVID-19, a polarized political climate, public health restrictions, vaccinations, among other topics. Even though the First Amendment may not protect speech in a privately owned business, other federal, state and local laws could be implicated. Employers should educate themselves and update their employment policies for the post-COVID workplace so they will be prepared to deal with potential speech issues.
Here are five tips to guide that process.
1. Don’t permit broad disclosure of an employee’s COVID-19 diagnosis.
The Americans with Disabilities Act applies to employers with 15