By definition, a captive audience meeting is a mandatory meeting during working hours. Captive audience meetings are an important tool for employers to explain aspects and implications of unionization (and other issues) that might not be readily apparent to many workers. How these meetings are conducted will differ from workplace to workplace.
In 2009, the Oregon Legislature passed SB 519, prohibiting employers from taking adverse employment action against any employee who declines to attend a meeting or participate in communication concerning an employer's opinion about religious or political matters.
Employers should consider their options accordingly. The Council of State Restaurant Associations produced an issue brief that provides valuable considerations for employers. ORLA members can access this brief in the Resource Library by logging in to OregonRLA.org.
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