In Trump era, human resources should get ahead of potential conflicts: Experts

Termination of B.C. manager highlights challenges of political differences
By Marcel Vander Wier
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 10/03/2018
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The Teahouse restaurant in Vancouver, where a manager was fired. Credit: Google Street View

The termination of a British Columbia manager for requesting that a restaurant patron remove his hat — which sported a slogan supporting U.S. President Donald Trump — has ignited debate around politics and the workplace.

“Nothing is black and white in the field of people,” said MaryAnn Kempe, spokesperson for CPHR Canada and past president of CPHR Manitoba. “From a people engagement perspective, going to the corporal punishment of termination should always typically be your last action.”

But with the topic of politics growing more divisive by the day, it would be wise for human resource professionals to get ahead of the issue, if they haven’t already, she said.