Regulating Workplace Conduct: How Far Can Employers Go?

By: Robert M. Portman

From social media use to workplace attire to sexual harassment, employers have considerable latitude in establishing policies for appropriate employee conduct. But they need to ensure that the policies comply with state and federal law and that managers apply them fairly.

Associations, like other employers, have a strong interest in establishing a professional, productive, healthy, and safe workplace. But how far can employers go in monitoring and restricting the conduct of workers, both inside and outside the workplace? ...