When Does First Amendment Speech Become Criminal Activity? by Carolyn N. Flynn, Esquire

In the wake of white nationalist protests and counter-protests across the nation, protesters and public safety officials should understand what speech is protected by the First Amendment and what speech constitutes criminal activity. What speech is protected? The U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment protects free speech broadly. It generally prevents police officers from limiting public speech…

Right to Know Law Article by Michael G. Crotty, Esquire & Christopher P. Gerber, Esquire Featured in Borough News Magazine

Siana Bellwoar proudly recognizes partners, Christopher P. Gerber, Esquire and Michael G. Crotty, Esquire for their recently featured article, The Right to Know Law and the Sunshine Act, Balancing Transparency and Confidentiality in Local Government in the December 2017 issue of PSAB’s Borough News Magazine. Read the full article here: The Right to Know Law and…

The Dos and Don’ts of Social Media Policy for Employers – Part 2 by Eric M. Brown, Esquire

The First Amendment and Governmental Entities   The First Amendment poses a special concern to governmental entities seeking to regulate comments and messages made by both the general public as well as public employees on social media platforms. These entities should identify the governmental interest(s) in support of any limitations the policy imposes on the…

The Do’s and Don’ts of Social Media Policies for Employers – Part 1 by Eric M. Brown, Esquire

Every employer should adopt a social media policy to govern employee use of both business and personal social media platforms. The importance of such policies has been highlighted by recent stories in news concerning the conduct of employees on social media, which show that even good employees sometimes post unprofessional or offensive comments. Prompt action…