Watch Your Mouth: Swearing in the Workplace Live Online Training

On Demand Webinar - Credits HR Certification Institute, SHRM, CLE

December 02 at 1:00 - 2:30 pm EST

Understand the legal issues, and potential claims, surrounding the use of profanity at work and potential efforts to restrict swearing.

“Under certain circumstances, profanity provides a relief denied even to prayer.” Mark Twain.

Today, the use of profanity in everyday speech is pervasive. Swearing can be a spontaneous expression of strong feelings, like anger, fear, frustration or passion, and help us vent our stress and cope with difficulty. We swear to fit in with a group or to be funny. And we swear for emphasis or to be heard. Swearing at work, though, can have significant negative consequences. Use of profane language can damage one’s professional reputation and drive away co-workers, business partners or customers. Swearing can distract from effective communication, escalate conflicts and create even more stress on a team. And swearing at work can invite a myriad of legal claims. This topic helps business leaders, human resources professionals and attorneys to understand the legal issues, and potential claims, surrounding the use of profanity at work and potential efforts to restrict swearing. The information also offers some helpful advice on managing the use of foul and profane language at work. This material is critical for employers so they can understand an employee’s rights at work and avoid surprising claims that can arise from workplace swearing.

Learning Objectives
  • You will be able to discuss different ways to address disruptive workplace swearing.
  • You will be able to identify the legal risks surrounding workplace swearing and efforts to stop swearing.
  • You will be able to recognize the rights of employees to express themselves.
  • You will be able to review work guidelines for managing employee conduct.

Agenda

Do Employees Have a Right to Swear?
  • The Scope of the Problem
  • Profanity, the First Amendment and Public Sector Workplaces
  • Swearing as a Disability Under the Americans With Disabilities Act
Swearing as Harm on Another
  • Swearing and the Law of Harassment
  • Swearing as an Assault or Other Tort Claim
  • Swearing as Workplace Violence
What Can Employers Do to Address Swearing?
  • Swearing and the National Labor Relations Act
  • Can an Employer Have a No-Swearing Policy?
  • Practical Advice for Professionals and the Profane
Who should attend?

This live webinar is designed for human resource managers, presidents, vice presidents, business owners and managers, supervisors, payroll professionals and attorneys.

In Partnership With Lorman Business Center, LLC


Your Instructor


Charles T. Passaglia
Charles T. Passaglia
  • Founder of Employment Law Solutions, Inc.
  • Practice emphasizes advice and counsel in all aspects of employment law and workplace investigations
  • Conducts over 100 entertaining seminars and workshops each year on compliance topics
  • Author of Can I Bring my Pet Monkey to Work? Answers to 45 of the Wildest Workplace Law Questions (Fall 2020)
  • Captain (Retired), United States Navy Reserve, and expert on all manner of swearing
  • J.D. degree, University of Denver; B.A. degree, Philosophy, Saint Louis University

Credits

  • AL CLE 1.5
  • This course or a portion thereof has been approved by the Alabama State Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Commission for a maximum of 1.5 hours credit.
  • AR CLE 1.5
  • This course has been approved for 1.5 hours of CLE by the Arkansas CLE Board.
  • Arizona CLE 1.5
  • The State Bar of Arizona does not approve or accredit CLE activities for the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education requirement. This activity may qualify for up to 1.5 hours toward your annual CLE requirement for the State Bar of Arizona.
  • CA MCLE 1.5
  • Lorman Business Center, LLC. is a State Bar of California approved MCLE sponsor and this course qualifies for 1.5 CLE hours of participatory credit.
  • CT CLE 1.5
  • Neither the Connecticut Judicial Branch nor the Commission on Minimum Continuing Legal Education approve or accredit CLE providers or activities. This course has been approved for CLE credit in jurisdictions aside from CT and therefore it automatically meets the content and delivery requirements in Connecticut. Credit is based on a 60 minute credit hour and shall be awarded as follows: 1.5 CLE credit(s).
  • HI CLE 1.5
  • This program was approved by the Hawaii State Board of Continuing Legal Education for 1.5 CLE credit hours.
  • IL CLE 1.5
  • This course was approved for a total of 1.5 hours of MCLE Credit by the Illinois MCLE Board.
  • ME CLE 1.5
  • This course has been approved by the State of Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar. Lawyers who complete this course shall receive 1.5 hours of CLE credit under M. Bar R. 12.
  • NH MCLE 1.5
  • NH MCLE does not approve or accredit CLE activities for the NH Minimum CLE requirement. Lorman Education Services believes this course meets the requirement of NH Supreme Court Rule 53 and may qualify for CLE credit(s). Program Length: 90 Minutes.
  • NJ CLE 1.8
  • This program has been approved by the Board on Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of New Jersey for 1.8 hours of total CLE credit.
  • PA CLE 1.5
  • This Distance Learning program has been approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 1.5 hours of substantive law, practice and procedure CLE credit.
  • RI CLE 1.5
  • This program has been approved by the Rhode Island Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Commission for 1.5 hours of CLE credit.
  • VT CLE 1.5
  • This program has been approved by the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Board of Vermont for 1.5 hours of CLE credit.
  • WA CLE 1.5
  • This program has been approved by the Washington State Board of Continuing Legal Education for 1.5 hours of Law & Legal Procedure credit.
  • WI CLE 1.5
  • This program has been approved by the Board of Bar Examiners for 1.5 hours for use toward the Wisconsin Mandatory CLE requirement.
  • WV MCLE 1.8
  • This program has been approved by the West Virginia State Bar MCLE Commission for 1.8 MCLE hours.
  • HR Certification Institute 1.5
  • This program has been approved for 1.5 (General) recertification credit hours toward aPHR(TM), aPHRi(TM), PHR®, PHRca®, SPHR®, GPHR®, PHRi(TM) and SPHRi(TM)recertification through HR Certification Institute® (HRCI®). For more information about certification or recertification, please visit the HR Certification Institute website at www.hrci.org.
  • SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP Preferred ProviderSHRM 1.5
  • Lorman Education Services is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM. This program is valid for 1.5 PDC(s) for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit www.shrmcertification.org.

This program does NOT qualify, nor meet the National Standard for NASBA accreditation.

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