Social media policies can be a challenge for local government. There is a need to balance the interests of citizens and employees to exercise their First Amendment rights against the needs of local government to run an effective and efficient work place. These concerns are heightened by statutory free speech protections enjoyed by government employees under RSA 98-E.
Join Attorney Thomas Closson of Jackson Lewis P.C. and Stephen C. Buckley, NHMA’s Legal Services Counsel who will discuss what public employers must consider before taking adverse action against an employee based on their social media policy. Attorney Buckley will address First Amendment protections afforded to public sector employee’s speech and Attorney Closson will review “lessons learned” from a recently settled case involving social media policies and a small town in New Hampshire. In short, we hope members will learn how to better develop and manage social media polices for your city or town.
This webinar is open to members of the New Hampshire Municipal Association.