Employee Conduct – How Off-Duty Behavior Can Affect Your Business, and What You Can Do About It

Web Admin - Thursday, July 27, 2017

Illinois employment law attorneysAs every business owner knows, an employee’s conduct while on the job can have a negative impact on a company’s image and brand – but what of conduct outside of work? As evidenced by the current investigation into the Chicago water department, sometimes, it more about what your employees do off the clock than what they do while working. Learn how you can mitigate against off-duty behavior issues as an employer, and what you can do if you are ever faced with litigation because of an employee’s on- or off-duty conduct.

The Chicago Water Scandal Investigation

As reported by the Chicago Tribune, state officials are currently investigating the personal emails of a long-time employee, which were purportedly used to send numerous anti-gay, racist, and sexist emails. The public nature of his job, department, and the investigation could have long-term implications on the government entity’s image – even if the allegations turn out to be untrue.

Mitigating Against Both On- and Off-Duty Behavior

Although there are many stipulations, exclusions, and requirements that employers need to be aware of, they can (and should) attempt to mitigate against any unsavory on- or off-duty behavior that may reflect poorly on their business. One of the ways of doing this is the employment contract. In it, you can specify types of behavior that will not be tolerated, regardless of whether the employee is on or off the clock. Further, you may have the right to request access to things like offensive social media posts that may affect your company’s image.

How Our Schaumburg Employment Law Attorneys Can Help

Employers are not required to hire an attorney for the drafting of an employment contract, but it is highly recommended. As previously mentioned, there are some important laws that must be adhered to in such contracts, and any failure or violation could result in litigation against your company. Do not take the risk. Instead, contact an experienced employment law attorney for assistance.

Whether your business is facing litigation, needs help getting started, or is just now expanding to include more employees, Drost, Gilbert, Andrew & Apicella, LLC can help. Our Schaumburg employment law attorneys are skilled in all areas of employment law and we will work hard to protect your company and its image. Learn more by scheduling a personalized, no-obligation consultation. Call our offices at 847-934-6000 today.

Ken ApicellaAbout the Author: Attorney Ken Apicella is a founding partner of DGAA focusing in the areas of personal injury, employment, insurance coverage disputes, and civil litigation. Ken earned his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law in 1999. He has been named a SuperLawyers Rising Star and a Forty Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch. Ken has written and lectured for the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education and regularly serves as a moderator at Northwest Suburban Bar Association's Continuing Legal Education seminars.

Sources: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-chicago-water-department-emails-capuzi-20170724-story.html


Recent Posts


Illinois law startup company right to work Exclusions cell phone guardianship attorney Schaumburg injury lawyer life insurance Schaumburg real estate lawyer civil rights violation Schaumburg probate attorney Crystal Lake medical malpractice law firm reckless homicide Inverness DUI lawyer Palatine real estate lawyer advance healthcare directive anesthesia errors Barrington estate planning lawyer boating under the influence probate fees traffic laws LLCs Palatine probate lawyer rent to own real estate contracts real estate lawyer real estate Illinois employment law attorney Crystal Lake civil litigation lawyer Arlington Heights Traffic Lawyer Illinois job attorney healthcare Kenilworth estate planning lawyer Illinois estate planning DUI attorney car crashes paid sick leave jet ski cell phone tower data personal injury lawyer Arlington Heights injury attorney homestead rights Illinois insurance dispute lawyers field sobriety test distracted driving accident victims Palatine criminal defense lawyer digital media accounts, estate planning, Arlington Heights estate planning attorney, Des Plaines tax law firm filing a medical malpractice claim vacation home fines Buffalo Grove probate lawyer IRS Rolling Meadows criminal attorney Illinois LLC creation Long Grove estate planning attorneys severance agreements appealing an insurance claim personal injury claim traffic accidents Illinois traffic accident lawyer condo association Rolling Meadows Traffic Lawyer Crystal Lake estate planning lawyer car crash unauthorized overtime suspended license Illinois boating accident lawyer deed transfer Schaumburg civil litigation attorney Retaliatory Discharge Riverwoods estate planning lawyer fatal car accidents pet law compensatory time estate attorney dealing with problem employees rollover car crashes construction accidents Illinois traffic attorneys Palatine drug lawyer texting while driving Arlington Heights car crash attorneys Crystal Lake injury attorney liens Schaumburg personal injury lawyer Illinois registered agent crossover accidents drug possession drug crimes lawyer Schaumburg criminal law attorney Palatine traffic lawyer Deer Park accident attorney construction contracts DUI penalities sole proprietorship business litigation DGAA estate planning for college students Schaumburg estate attorney expungement Illinois DUI attorney Illinois Affordable Care Act Illinois insurance claim dispute lawyer Chicago employment lawyer Arlington Heights personal injury lawyer Schaumburg Attorney Illinois mortgages wage theft employment attorney Rolling Meadows corporate lawyer criminal defense traffic tickets Arlington Heights wills and trusts lawyers Crystal Lake insurance lawyer Jay Andrew Des Plaines personal injury lawyers Barrington Traffic Lawyer Des Plaines accident attorney Palatine construction attorney driving unpaid assessment life insurance claims Illinois corporate lawyer Rolling Meadows marijuana attorney Arlington Heights car accident lawyer Arlington Heights TBI attorney Crystal Lake pet attorney privacy meal breaks minimum wage life insurance policy medical malpractice claims gift taxes elder abuse Whistleblower Claims vacation home Rolling Meadows traffic law firm workers compensation Rolling Meadows DUI lawyer Illinois collections attorney llinois Real Estate Lawyers Association Rolling Meadows personal injury attorney insurance denials in terrorem provision Barrington boating accident attorney bicycle accidents Barrington drug crime attorney pedestrian-automobile accident Arlington Heights traffic attorney Des Plaines personal injury lawyer Buffalo Grove employment lawyer foreclosed rental property coronavirus living trust benefits criminal law pedestrian accidents Barrington litigation attorney corporate law sexual harassment wills and trusts Buffalo Grove personal injury lawyer Illinois home inspection Palatine elder law attorney auto accidents traffic offenses Inverness probate lawyer Schaumburg car accident attorney wrongful termination, employment law, whistleblower protections, Illinois employment laws, discrimination in the workplace Mount Prospect wills and trusts lawyers Arlington Heights insurance attorney POA Mount Prospect elder law attorney Buffalo Grove criminal defense lawyer spinal cord injuries Detainer Actions Rolling Meadows insurance dispute lawyers Illinois Human Rights Act Crystal Lake traffic lawyer Illinois real estate employment law, Illinois employment laws Illinois medical malpractice attorney personal injury attorney Rolling Meadows business lawyer healthcare claims TBI comp time financial advisors operating agreements cell phone accidents Crystal Lake employment lawyer blended families food poisoning Barrington estate planning attorney natural gas explosion Palatine personal injury lawyer loss of consortium Palatine business attorney insurance claim dispute tax attorney Illinois Smoke Detector Act drug crimes trucking accident lawyers criminal record rumble strips Illinois speeding lawyer employment law, meal breaks, rest breaks, hotel employees, Des Plaines employment law attorneys Super Mario Illinois criminal defense attorney denied insurance claim federal regulations for LLCs Schaumburg wrongful death attorney Arlington Heights tax lawyer living trust pay when paid contract medical malpractice creditors Buffalo Grove traffic attorney construction accidents, personal injury, wrongful death, Arlington Heights personal injury attorneys, workers' compensation life insurance lawyer Crystal Lake personal injury lawyer Palatine employment attorney Arlington Heights wills and trusts attorney Des Plaines criminal attorney Palatine corporate attorney premises liability Long Grove estate planning attorney Buffalo Grove traffic lawyers FSLA Chicago traffic lawyer Arlington Heights medical malpractice lawyer Rolling Meadows insurance dispute lawyers, insurance dispute Des Plaines medical malpractice attorney wrongful termination Chicago car accident lawyer Illinois lawyer estate planning attorney commercial leasing School Visitation Rights Act South Barrington real estate attorney mass shooting brain injury car crash injuries irrevocable trust Arlington Heights estate planning attorney pedestrian accident BUI swimming pools caregiver product liability IRA trust transfer medical research Inverness real estate attorney motorcycle accident lawyer traffic violations defense hiring employees Illinois pedestrian accident attorney Arlington Heights pedestrian accidents Illinois insurance disputes Illinois bicycle safety capital gains tax Barrington Illinois estate planning lawyer drugs license suspension Deer Park real estate law firm pedestrian injuries, pedestrian fatality insurance claim denial Illinois defective products attorney Mt Prospect Attorney first degree murder involuntary manslaughter Chicago corporate attorney personal injury taxes Illinois attorney Palatine workers compensation lawyer living trust vs will PTSD insurance disputes, Illinois insurance disputes, Illinois insurance dispute attorneys, denied insurance claims, Arlington Heights insurance dispute attorneys Palatine civil attorney car accident lawyer Arlington Heights wills and trusts lawyer Deer Park medical malpractice attorney drug crime insurance claim dispute attorney overtime pay Des Plaines personal injury attorney Rolling Meadows Attorney loopholes workers compensation benefits Illinois Trust Code health insurance dispute problem employees Schaumburg construction accident lawyer automated cars drunk driving statistics jet ski accidents Barrington attorney residential real estate Illinois business lawyer pain and suffering Illinois driving without license Deer Park motorcycle accident lawyer Illinois employment law Inverness real estate lawyer Palatine injury attorney Illinois estate planning attorney Crystal Lake pedestrian accident lawyer Illinois injury lawyer trauma after an accident Illinois probate lawyer medical malpractice compensation Schaumburg criminal attorney Illinois employee rights attorney. Arlington Heights lawyer Buffalo Grove injury lawyer Buffalo Grove personal injury attorney Illinois insurance claim attorney Illinois workplace lawyer Colin H. Gilbert Attorney Ken Apicella Long Grove estate planning hit and run accident criminal slip and fall accidents defective products insurance dispute, insurance dispute lawyers, insurance claim denial, insurance claim delays, Rolling Meadows insurance dispute attorneys Transfer on Death Instrument murder insurance negligence Rolling Meadows tax attorney Rolling Meadows medical malpractice lawyers car accident lawyers employment lawyer golf accidents Family Medical Leave Act icy parking lots Inverness traffic law firm elder law federal crimes Inverness accident lawyer ken apicella denied insurance claims Illinois estate planning law firm Rolling Meadows accident lawyer slip and fall home inspection lawyer insurance attorney Liquor Control Act DNR Illinois car accident attorney controlled substance Crystal Lake criminal defense attorney mortgage real estate zoning insurance adjusters DMV Chicago employment attorney Schaumburg elder law lawyer Rolling Meadows boating crash lawyer traumatic brain injury traumatic brain injuries trusts Rolling Meadows employment law attorney Des Plaines collections attorney medication errors dynasty trusts license revocation boating DUI Chicago estate planning lawyer uninsured motorist murder defense living wills Crystal Lake medical malpractice lawyer Illinois workplace discrimination attorney Rolling Meadows personal injury lawyers breach of contract Barrington business law firm real estate attorneys bike accident commercial real estate caretaker rights Kenilworth estate planning attorneys Rolling Meadows traffic attorney personal injury, auto accident injuries, delayed injuries, serious injuries, Des Plaines personal injury attorneys new real estate form traffic crimes Chicago biking tips estate planning lawyer consent to a search employee misclassification Illinois employment laws probate claims Rolling Meadows car accident lawyers Federal Food Drug and Cosmetic Act accidental death benefits internet Buffalo Grove law firm Barrington personal injury attorney Arlington Heights accident attorney Illinois workers compensation lawyer Rolling Meadows employment attorney nursing home negligence civil litigation Arlington Heights wills and trusts attorneys Palatine traffic accidents Schaumburg medical malpractice lawyer IRELA Illinois wills and trusts attorneys real estate leasing Illinois employment law attorneys Schaumburg estate planning attorney Chicago lawyer investment property employment law Deer Park employment law attorney Inverness injury lawyer small business Do Not Resuscitate Illinois traffic ticket lawyer Illinois employment law firm installment contracts probate process pet bites wills job lawyers digital evidence attorney fees no contest clauses employee discrimination underinsured motorist Crystal Lake bike accident lawyer Food and Drug Administration's Food Safety Modernization Act special needs trust Illinois motorcycle accident lawyer Illinois small business Chicago insurance claim attorneys BAC college kids Illinois personal injury lawyer Illinois Sales Representative Act insurance dispute attorney Colin Gilbert unpaid overtime Illinois insurance attorney traffic deaths Rolling Meadows insurance attorney estate plan Class A misdemeanor Kenilworth estate planning attorney Illinois elder law attorney power of attorney for healthcare underfunded trust clemency Illinois real estate lawyer medical marijuana traffic violations estate planning, death tax, succession plans, business estate plans, Barrington estate planning lawyers Illinois insurance claim dispute lawyers foreclosure modern family estate planning car accident Crystal lake insurance dispute attorney Des Plaines drug lawyer Barrington personal injury lawyer Deer Park personal injury lawyer comparative negligence probate Chicago estate planning BAIID independent contractor work unions Barrington employment attorney dog bites Palatine civil litigation lawyer bicycle dooring accidents Long Grove real estate attorney Illinois civil litigation lawyer Rolling Meadows personal injury lawyer speeding Illinois tax attorney Fair Labor Standards Act Barrington criminal defense lawyer Deer Park DUI lawyer Illinois workers compensation attorney Des Plaines real estate lawyer institutional trustee Crystal Lake personal injury attorney Rolling Meadows criminal lawyer Inverness civil lawyer Inverness elder law lawyer Crystal Lake employment law attorney Crystal Lake employment attorney Inverness insurance attorney Barrington injury attorney Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act fiduciary rule Illinois construction accident attorney Palatine law firm personal injury claims Illinois rollover accident lawyers commercial leases Long Grove wills and trusts attorneys motorcycle accident Home Sale Contingencies Forcible Entry Chicago attorney products liability Home Remodeling Repair Act Barrington medical malpractice lawyers insurance claims overtime violations Policy Cancellation privacy laws Schaumburg estate planning lawyer Inverness personal injury attorney DUI insurance disputes Schaumburg Rolling Meadows estate planning attorney revenge porn Rolling Meadows insurance lawyer Des Plaines DUI attorney employee rights IRA benefits Crystal Lake will lawyer Crystal Lake accident attorney insurance dispute changes to mortgage law Illinois living will Des Plaines pet law attorney Palatine trusts lawyer breathalyzer test texting and driving hands free device Crystal Lake medical malpractice attorneys Crystal Lake car accident lawyer Schaumburg corporate attorney marijuana crimes attorney Thanksgiving Des Plaines claims law firm power of attorney contracts Crystal Lake tax lawyer Barrington employment law firm car accidents denial of life insurance agent Buffalo Grove insurance claim dispute lawyers workplace sexual harassment Arlington Heights real estate lawyer trustee Barrington employment law attorney Illinois will lawyer trench injuries Illinois medical malpractice claim workers comp Illinois personal injury lawyers insurance claim delay Illinois Transfer on Death Instrument drunk driving Barrington civil litigation attorney digital assets, digital fiduciary, estate planning, digital content, Long Grove estate planning lawyers employment contract Fourth of July Illinois medical malpractice lawyers Rolling Meadows drug defense attorney Buffalo Grove real estate attorney rollover accidents Illinois traffic attorney Arlington Heights personal injury attorney Palatine employment law lawyer blood alcohol content Des Plaines civil attorney natural gas Chicago will attorney South Barrington real estate lawyer real estate closing eluding a police officer Des Plaines Traffic Lawyer liability marijuana Landlord Tenant Ordinance Palatine Attorney head on collisions Arlington Heights criminal lawyer Inverness corporate attorney personal injury accidents sexual images Buffalo Grove car accident lawyer Illinois insurance claims lawyers distracted driving accidents preventing accidents insurance agent negligence surgical mistakes deadly crashes DUI defense ACA real estate attorney Arlington Heights employment attorney whistleblower protections personal injury law firm Buffalo Grove medical malpractice lawyers preventable medical errors employment contract, employment law, employment at-will, Deer Park employment law attorneys, contract, Deer Park traffic lawyer Illinois insurance lawyer Des Plaines injury law firm insurance denial appeals defective products lawyer low-ball insurance settlement Arlington Heights trucking lawyer CAM forming a corporation in Illinois real estate contract digital assets Chicago will attorney, social media platforms, Illinois estate planning lawyer, trust payments Barrington criminal lawyer Mount Prospect real estate lawyer Crystal Lake traffic attorney senior citizens Illinois pet lawyer pizza emoji Schaumburg traffic lawyer spinal cord injury Deer Park workers compensation lawyer Des Plaines drug crimes lawyer murder charges landlord manufacturing Rolling Meadows employees wrongful death Schaumburg drug defense lawyer Arlington Heights Attorney boating accidents disability benefits Long Grove real estate lawyer Illinois jet ski accident lawyer car collision estate tax Rolling Meadows employment law attorneys Joliet general practice lawyers FMLA rest breaks fiduciary rule delay Crystal Lake car accident attorney estate planning, digital assets, Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act, Illinois digital assets, Illinois estate planning, digital information holiday statistics Schaumburg employment attorney liability claims insurance agents landlord tenant law back injuries Des Plaines Crystal Lake law firm subcontractor Palatine estate planning lawyer Illinois trucking safety Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission civil litigation attorney income distribution deducation estate planning trusts probate claims process Schaumburg personal injury lawyers Illinois medical malpractice case owner responsibility bad faith insurance claims gift tax exemption, estate planning, estate planning strategies, Illinois estate planning, South Barrington estate planning attorneys Illinois employment lawyer Employment Discrimination Law Illinois wills and trusts license reinstatement insurance claim denials Palatine corporate law attorneys underage DUI Palatine punch death Illinois business law atorneys insurance claim fault based insurance Des Plaines real estate attorney Palatine employment lawyer Rolling Meadows real estate attorney truck collisions unfunded trust Schaumburg personal injury attorney Illinois employment attorneys Illinois traffic laws Crystal Lake business law attorneys Schaumburg insurance lawyers Inverness estate planning lawyer Illinois trusts attorney child safety Illinois Probate Act of 1975 Schaumburg employment law attorneys Chicago insurance law firm license probate lawyer ObamaCare Deer Park traffic accident attorney Des Plaines motorcycle accident attorney social media after death Illinois red light cameras condo medical malpractice, missed diagnosis, delayed diagnosis, medical mistake, Deer Creek medical malpractice lawyers Illinois personal injury attorney Illinois wrongful termination lawyer trucking accidents Legal Info pregnant women Palatine insurance lawyer dram shop law Arlington Heights employment law attorneys GM ignition switches Illinois personal injury Des Plaines insurance attorney Rolling Meadows litigation lawyer Barrington workers compensation attorney Self-Directed IRA Accounts Buffalo Grove corporate attorney Chicago trucking accident attorney estate planning Deer Park criminal attorney Barrington real estate lawyer Rolling Meadows probate lawyer