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Montana Free Speech – Reminder

26 Oct


Update Applicable to:

All Montana employers.

What happened?

As previously mentioned in our Vensure Communication on June 13, 2023, a series of amendments went into effect on October 1, 2023. The amendments aim to protect free speech.

What are the details?

(1) Employers are prohibited from taking, or threatening to take, adverse action against an applicant or employee for legal expressions of free speech on their personal social media, UNLESS it violates the employer’s written policy or the terms of an employee’s employment contract.

(2) Employers are prohibited from terminating an employee solely for their legal expressions of free speech in any forum. This protection DOES NOT apply to employees in their probationary period.

For more information, please see the links below:

Vensure June 13,2023

Montana HB343

What do employers need to do?

Employers should carefully review the resources provided, as well as company policies. Seek counsel on how to proceed and implement the new limitations outlined in the bill.

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