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Q: Can private employers limit workplace speech and activities?
A: Yes, but only if the limits do not violate other laws.
On May 23, 2018, the NFL issued a new rule that will require all players on the field to stand for the national anthem. The NFL will also impose fines to teams whose players, coaches, or staff fail to follow the new rule. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell stated the new rule is a compromise because it does not require players to enter onto the field for the national anthem. If players choose to enter onto the field, however, they are required to stand for the national anthem.