Employee Discipline for Conduct Outside of Work

Webinar: ID# 1015076
Recorded CD
About This Course:
In this informative webinar you will learn the legal rights and responsibilities of employers in disciplining employees for conduct outside of work.

You will hear about recent legislation and court cases involving some of the hottest topics in employment law, including employee discipline for blogging, web-based employer trashing, workplace dating and extramarital affairs, and physical appearance issues such as weight, tattoos, and body piercing.

You'll also hear about permissible discipline for employees violating conflict of interest policies, including engaging in unfair competition with the employer. Significantly, this webinar will discuss how a growing number of states are protecting employee off-duty conduct by providing an overview of state employee lifestyle statutes.


Discipline for Conduct Outside Workplace Generally
  • Required Connection to the Workplace
  • Overview of State Lifestyle Statutes
Discipline Based on Speech
  • Blogging and Web-Based Employer Trashing
Discipline Based on Lifestyle Choices
  • Political Activity
  • Dating and Extramarital Affairs
  • Criminal, Financial and Litigation History
  • Use of Drugs and Alcohol
  • Activities Related to Sexual Orientation
  • Physical Appearance (Weight, Tattoos, Piercings, Dress, etc.)
  • Pornography
  • Smoking
  • Other Lifestyle Choices
Discipline Based on Conflicts of Interest
  • Unfair Competition With Employer
  • Disclosure of Trade Secret, Confidential or Proprietary Information
Discipline of Union Employees
  • Off-Duty Misconduct Away From Workplace and on Company Premises
  • Off-Duty Misconduct Prior to Employment
  • Criminal Proceedings Against Employee
About The Presenters

Timothy A. Palmer
  • Shareholder with Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. in both its Nashville, Tennessee and Birmingham, Alabama offices
  • Practice focuses on the defense of employment litigation including discrimination claims, defense of personnel actions, and defense of employee benefit disputes
  • Experienced litigator concentrating in both employment litigation and general civil litigation in state and federal courts
  • Frequent speaker lecturing on jury selection procedures and employment litigation
  • Has been selected as one of America’s leading business lawyers in labor and employment by Chambers USA
  • Member of the prestigious College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, Best Lawyers of America and is a Super Lawyer
  • J.D. degree, Vanderbilt University School of Law; B.A. degree, summa cum laude, Lipscomb University
James A. (Jay) Patton, Jr., Esq.
  • Attorney in the national employment law firm of Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. in the Birmingham, Alabama, office
  • Exclusively represents management in employment law related matters and related litigation
  • Experience representing employers in employment-related litigation on federal, state, and local levels before court and administrative agencies regarding claims concerning discrimination, harassment, wrongful discharge, and wage and hour violations, including collective actions
  • Frequent lecturer in the areas of employment discrimination and noncompete agreements
  • Member of the Defense Research Institute and one of the writers of the Defense Research Institute’s Jury Charge E-Desk Reference
  • Served as an officer in the U.S. Army and worked in manufacturing and sales roles
  • Alabama Super Lawyer
  • J.D. degree, The University of Alabama School of Law; B.S. degree, U.S. Military Academy at West Point
Employee Discipline for Conduct Outside of Work
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