Politics and the Workplace: Best Practices for Employee and Corporate Political Activity



Date & Time

Start Date: 09/20/2012


Cozen O’Connor will be conducting a live webinar on Thursday, September 20, 2012 at noon. The 90-minute webinar, titled, “Politics and the Workplace: Best Practices for Employee and Corporate Political Activity,” will explore the role that election-year politics can and should play in the workplace, and what the outcome of the 2012 elections may mean to employers. We will bring together a team of employment law and government relations professionals to focus on some of the hottest employment issues for 2012 and beyond. The webinar will count for 1.5 CLE credits.

The topics for the webinar are as follows:

Employees in an Election Year

• Monitoring, regulating and guiding employee political activity

• E-mail and social media as forums for employee political discussion and activities

• Harassment and discrimination issues in the political sphere

• Leave-related issues for voting and other political-related activities

Corporate Participation in Politics

• Brief discussion of seminal Supreme Court cases that impact business political activity (Buckley v. Valeo, Citizens United v. FEC, United States v. Harriss)

• Overview of corporate political expenditures after Citizens United

• Overview of rules and regulations for corporate sponsored Political Action Committee (PACs)

• Overview of federal lobbying laws; comparison with state and local rules and definitions

Looking Ahead: The Impact of Elections on Congress and the Supreme Court

• Panel discussion of the upcoming elections and their likely impact on Congress and the Supreme Court

Speakers will include:

• Mark Alderman – Co-Chair of Cozen O'Connor Public Strategies; member of the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team and Presidential Inaugural Committee.

• Ken Fisher – Member of Cozen O'Connor's Public Strategies; former Member of the New York City Council.

• Stephen Miller – Member of Cozen O'Connor's Litigation practice; former law clerk for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and former Assistant United States Attorney.

• Michael Schmidt – Member of Cozen O'Connor's Labor & Employment practice; adjunct professor of employment law at Touro Law School in Central Islip, New York.



Mark L. Alderman



(202) 912-4846

Kenneth K. Fisher



(212) 883-4962

Stephen A. Miller

Co-Chair, White Collar Defense & Investigations


(215) 665-4736

Michael C. Schmidt

Vice Chair, Labor & Employment Department


(212) 453-3937