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A nonprofit group dedicated to fostering Christian ideals in the workplace is preparing to launch a slew of 30-second radio PSAs that feature a jingle with the line, “When your job needs a heavenly perk, contact Northeast Christians at Work.”

The year-old organization in Vernon, Conn., is sending 16 PSAs to religious and secular radio stations in New England, New York, Delaware, Maryland and Pennsylvania. The spots highlight various aspects of faith in the workplace and direct listeners to contact the nondenominational group for further information.

One execution deals with legal issues surrounding overt displays and expressions of faith on the job. “People have more rights [in this regard] than they realize. We educate people on where to draw the line,” said Drew Crandall, president and founder of Northeast Christians at Work.

Employment specialist Lou Rodriques, an attorney with Boston law firm Sullivan & Worcester, disagreed. Laws may protect individuals from government persecution, but private employers can take steps to curb various forms of speech and expression in the workplace. Those steps have included employee dismissal, Rodriques said.