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No First Amendment Protection for Off Duty Police Officers’ Facebook Posts by Sheryl L. Brown and Connie E. Henderson

In determining that the public’s trust outweighed an officers’ right to free speech, the Eastern District Court of Pennsylvania dismissed police officers’ claims that their First and Fourteenth Amendment rights against the City of Philadelphia were violated. The free speech at issue included posted content on Facebook ranging from racial slurs, anti-Muslim rhetoric, homophobic comments,…

Siana Law Attorneys Attend 2019 PSATS Conference

Siana Law attorneys, Michael G. Crotty, Eric M. Brown and Sheryl L. Brown attended the April 2019 Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors (PSATS) Annual Educational Conference in Hershey, PA. They presented a variety of seminars that covered topics pertinent to municipal officials and employees, such as social media and the First Amendment. Read the…

PSATS Conference

Siana Law Partners Attend 2018 PSATS Conference

  Beginning on Monday April 23, 2018, Siana Law Partners, Michael G. Crotty, Eric M. Brown, Christopher P. Gerber and Sheryl L. Brown will attend the 2018 PSATS Annual Educational Conference in Hershey, PA. Our partners look forward leading the following seminars on five different topics at this year’s conference. Read on to learn more about…

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…