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Free Speech & Social Media in the Workplace: Lunch Meeting
Wednesday, September 11, 2019, 11:15AM - 1:30PM
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Please join us for lunch, networking, and a presentation from Andrew Cascini on Free Speech & Social Media in the Worklplace.


In an article published in December of 2018, no lesser of a publication than the Atlantic summarized the social media wasteland as follows: "In America's digital culture, outrage is packaged to almost every niche in the  citizenry." That's indisputably correct, and this ethos raises difficult questionsfor employers and human resources professionals. This presentation willdiscuss common employment law issues, concerns, and challenges related toemployee use of social media - both on duty and off duty.



Employers will learn:

- Why the challenges presented by social media are distinct from thosechallenges presented by employee speech in general;

- The extent to which the First Amendment presents limitations on theirability to regulate employee speech or conduct;

- Potential areas of liability risk associated with employee speech; and

- Issues and challenges related to investigating and taking action based onoff-duty conduct.


Speaker Biography:

Andrew A. Cascini is a partner at Henn Lesperance, where he chairs the firm’s employment and labor practice group. Mr. Cascini is a management-side litigator, counselor, and representative. His clients include employers belonging to the automotive, construction, health care, and professional services industries. He also has extensive and specialized experience representing public sector employers, ranging in size from small rural townships to some of Michigan’s most populous counties.

Mr. Cascini helps his clients achieve better employment and labor relations using a holistic, cost-effective, long-term approach. He advances his clients’ interests by preventing employment or labor disputes before they start, by working with opposing counsel to resolve conflicts when they arise, and by fighting to win when the time is right. An accomplished public speaker, Mr. Cascini also regularly presents seminars, training, and learning workshops to human resources groups, to professional trade associations, and directly to clients upon request.

Mr. Cascini has been recognized by Super Lawyers as a top-rated employment and labor attorney in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and he has been selected as a “Rising Star” within the field in each of the prior two consecutive years. Prior to joining Henn Lesperance, Mr. Cascini worked for a larger firm, where he earned his experience as a key contributor in one of the nation’s deepest and most distinguished labor and employment teams.

Mr. Cascini graduated with honors from both the University of Michigan and Columbia Law School. While attending Columbia, he defended the City of New York against labor disputes brought by some of the nation’s largest public sector unions as a practicing extern in New York City Law Department’s Labor and Employment division.

A second-generation Michigan Man, Mr. Cascini’s favorite things include his daughter Carmella, University of Michigan sports, weightlifting, and a really good shredded chicken taco.

Location Prince Conference Center at Calvin College

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