However, from the material in the policy quoted one of the criteria listed as being applicable to the policy on contact with the media clearly states:
Unless you are specifically authorized to do so, you may not
- Participate in these activities with DISH Network resources and/or on
Company time . . . .
making it clear it only applies whilst on the company clock - any talk with outside media or sources outside on your own time and in a manner where you make it clear you are NOT representing the company is NOT restricted by the policy.
This ruling is very insidious as anyone standing before the media on corporate clothing making a statement of any sort is seen by most courts as being a representative of the company and thus the company management can and will be held liable for what they say. That approach is taken with regards to the supervisor who doesn't take the safety rules seriously all the time, the senior management who didn't do the evaluations are being held accountable for it because the one who didn't do it right is seen as their representative and acting as they want. then on the next issue they're allowing anyone to appear to make media comments because they say the policy saying you can't make media comments on company time is not valid.
At this point in time I only have access to the snippet of the policy on the decision, but the way that reads the whole business about contact is restricted by the caveat I quote above about not making any such contacts while on company time unless duly authorised to do sop. It places no 24/7 limitation or restriction on non-company time. If you get a copy of the full policy, I'd like to see it to see if it changes the way the presentation here reads.
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