TELESEMINAR: Drafting Effective Employee Handbooks – A National Perspective
January 11, 2013
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
1.00 MCLE hours
Employee handbooks are essential to defining the employment relationship between employers and employees who do not have individual contracts. Well drafted and used handbooks can help provide for a productive workforce and to limit employer liability for employee conduct. In the same way, poorly planned or used handbooks expose employers to liability for failing to establish standards for employee conduct and for disciplinary actions. This program will provide you with a practical guide to drafting the essential components of an employee handbook and how to effectively use it in the workplace, including employee leave, anti-discrimination policies, reasonable accommodation for disabilities, ensuring at-will notice, confidentiality and social media usage, disciplinary procedures and termination, and more.
- Drafting, reviewing, updating essential components of employee handbooks
- Employment status and legally binding nature of handbooks
- Compliance with equal opportunity and non-discrimination laws
- Use of social media in the workplace
- Wage and hour issues, FMLA and sick leave
- Independent contractor issues in handbooks and no outside employment concerns
- Evaluations of employee performance, disciplinary procedures and discharge
- Effective use of handbooks to limit employer liability
Carson H. Sullivan, Paul Hastings, LLP, Washington, D.C.