Nexsen Pruet Employment Attorney Offers Guidance for Employers
Triangle Business Journal
June 3, 2020
As protests and riots impact cities across the country after the death of George Floyd, Bridget Blinn Spears offers advice for business owners in the Triangle Business Journal article "Lawyers: Businesses must be proactive with employees, insurance in tense times."
Bridget spoke on the importance of employers ensuring the safety of people and the protection of property amid escalating tensions, as well as the need to encourage employees to keep discussions in the workplace respectful and professional.
A wave of riots that rocketed through Raleigh and across the nation has attorneys advising businesses to be careful, and proactive, as tension rise across the country.
“If you are a downtown business that has been damaged, I think taking care for your property and your people is your top priority,” said Bridget Blinn-Spears at Nexsen Pruet in Raleigh.
But across the board, employers have to be sure to reinforce policies in the wake of divisive events.
“The focus needs to be to encourage people to focus on work when they are working and then when they are not working to make room for disagreement, as long as it’s civil and professional,” Blinn-Spears said.
She noted that “the law treats social media like a water-cooler conversation,” so it’s helpful for companies to remind employees of discrimination and anti-harassment policies. “People are entitled to talk about their views of current events. They are not entitled to use discriminatory language and label people in the workplace,” she adds.
For businesses that could be in danger, she cautioned them to “be paying close attention” to what is happening in their community. It may make sense to board up windows and close early. “It’s a matter of trying to stay as informed as you can in the moment and keep employee safety at the forefront,” Blinn-Spears said.
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Nexsen Pruet is one of the largest law firms in the Carolinas, with more than 180 attorneys and offices in Columbia, Charleston, Greenville, Hilton Head and Myrtle Beach, S.C., as well as Charlotte, Greensboro and Raleigh, N.C. Founded in 1945, Nexsen Pruet provides a broad range of legal services to the business community and represents companies and other entities in local, state, national and international venues.