February Breakfast Program: Politics, People and Passions
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When: Wednesday February 12, 2020
7:30 to 9:00 am PST
Where: Mintz
3580 Carmel Mountain Road, Suite 300
San Diego, California  92130
United States
Contact: Tamra Smalewitz

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February Breakfast Program
Wednesday, February 12th| 7:30 am to 9:30 am

This program has been approved for 1.5 PDCs for the SHRM SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP.
This program has been approved for 1.5 hours of HRCI re-certification credits.

Mintz is an approved CLE provider. This seminar is accredited in the following states: California (1.0 General credits) and New York (1.0 credit in the Areas of Professional Practice).

Politics, People and Passions: Managing Political Speech and Conflict inside (and outside) the Corporate Workplace

The run up to the 2020 presidential election promises to be as divisive and tribalistic as our current political environment. Political ideology and affiliations create inevitable conflict in the workplace. In house counsel play key roles in counseling their corporate clients regarding promoting, prohibiting and playing politics in the workplace. The problem is not, of course, limited to water cooler talk in the office - political activities outside the workplace also create challenges as they also dramatically impact the employer’s workplace. While it is becoming a difficult (if not impossible) line to draw, the definition and regulation of “free speech” in the private workplace will be particularly challenging for employers given the Federal and state law limitations on the restriction and regulation of employee political activities inside and outside of the corporate workplace. This session, moderated by Jennifer Rubin at Mintz with in-house as well as HR panelists from private and publicly traded companies will explore the legal contours of regulating political speech inside and outside the workplace and provide practical guidance for in house counsel who are called upon to advise – and mediate – these disputes.

Presented by Jennifer Rubin, Janette Piankoff, and Heather Anderson


Jen draws on 30 years of experience crafting legal solutions to employment challenges. Her clients include small and large businesses and individual representation of executives. She advises technology, financial services, publishing, retail, professional services, and health care companies seeking regulatory, litigation, and compliance advice. She divides her employment practice between wage and hour compliance and trial practice, with a focus on class actions, trade secrets and employment mobility disputes, and the defense of discrimination, retaliation and other disputes arising from the employment relationship. While Jen is a zealous advocate in the courtroom, she relishes counseling clients as they navigate the manner in which the employment relationship impacts their business and personal lives. 

Jen, who has an AV Preeminent ranking from Martindale-Hubbell, is a faculty member and advisor to The Honor Foundation, a non-profit organization that assists Navy Seals and other armed services special operators transition from military service to the private sector. She also co-Chairs The Lawyers Club of San Diego’s Workplace Equity & Civility Initiative, an initiative launched as a proactive and productive community response to the #MeToo movement.  She was recently named as one of San Diego's Top Influential Women in 2019 and among the Top 50 Influential Leaders in 2018 by the San Diego Daily Transcript and frequently comments and writes about employment topics. 

Janette Piankoff, Ph.D.
Director, Human Resources & Org Dev., Corporate Center & International, Sempra Energy
  Heather Anderson
Senior Corporate Counsel, Best Buy


Early Bird Pricing
(on or before February 7)
Regular Pricing
(after February 7)

San Diego SHRM Members

$25 $35

Non-Members & Guests
$50 $60

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