When Employees Speak Out

When Employees Speak Out:
Managing the Rise in Worker Activism

Don’t wait for activism to become a problem. Get ahead of the movement to avoid HR and legal troubles.

This is not your grandfather’s workforce. Employees are no longer shy about speaking up and demanding that their employers act as good corporate citizens. From racial justice to the environment to pay equity, employees want to know that companies care about what they care about and are working toward “righting the wrongs” in today’s culture. These days, that may even involve activism around COVID-related rules.

But mishandling this new wave of employee activism can gain your company notoriety in the worst sense of the word. Unwanted headlines can destroy your reputation. And employees’ activist tactics—from social media campaigns to walk-outs—could be deemed “protected” legal activity, even in nonunion workplaces. That means the wrong move can get you sued.

This important new workshop will provide strategies to embrace opportunities for activism that support your business objectives and culture. You’ll also learn how to avoid legal trouble and make sure you stay on the right side of the National Labor Relations Act when addressing unwanted activism. Your trainers will be one of America’s foremost experts on management/employee relations, plus a former VP of HR for MGM who has successfully managed these types of issues.

Agenda for When Employees Speak Out:

  • What employee activism is, and how it affects companies of all sizes
  • What’s fueling the movement and where it’s headed
  • How the labor shortage has given employees more power and leverage than ever before
  • Practical steps to align with your employees’ beliefs to make your company an employer of choice
  • How to avoid the common traps that HR and leaders fall into with employee activism
  • When such activism is a “protected activity” under federal law—even in nonunion workplaces
  • The smart and legal way to react to any type of activism—from a Twitter complaint to a full-blown walk-out.

During this 75-minute training, you’ll learn how to:


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Your Presenters:

Hilary McClain

Hilary McClain is the founder of McClain Resources, a boutique HR consulting company in Las Vegas that provides advice on labor and employee relations issues. Prior to starting the firm, Hilary was the VP of Internal Talent for MGM Resorts International, where she developed structures to support the growth of MGM. She has held various HR positions at MGM, including VP of HR for the Excalibur Hotel and Casino and assistant director of HR for Harrah’s.

David Rittof

David Rittof is the president and CEO of Modern Management, a Chicago-based employee relations consulting firm. He is an expert in employee relations and a popular speaker on labor-relations issues to employer groups around the country. He provides management training on the union campaign process and leads a team that helps execs and HR leaders face the challenges of the future. Davis is also the co-author of Quality Circles, a textbook used by numerous universities and businesses.

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