Vanessa is an associate general counsel and director of human resources for Engage. Vanessa assists Engage clients in the Northeast and across the country with a wide range of labor and employment issues. Before joining the Engage team, Vanessa was an employee relations manager at the Suffolk County Water Authority where she managed 500+ employees; she also previously handled HR compliance issues for Time Inc. and was an associate at the law firm, Kaye Scholer LLP where she represented financial institutions in all aspects of commercial real estate financing.
Employers play a role in managing political speech in the workplace, whether workers are remote or in-person. It’s up to HR leaders to remind employees of company policies. In this case, leaders can clarify that their existing policy extends to campaign merchandise for a particular party or candidate. If employers agree displaying signs, even political ones, won’t disrupt the workplace and allow it.1 May 2021