Continuing Legal Education

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
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Program Speaker:
Carson H. Sullivan
, Paul Hastings, LLP, Washington, D.C.


Carson H. Sullivan is of counsel in the Washington, D.C. office of Paul Hastings, LLP, where she represents employers in all aspects of employment law, with an emphasis on employment discrimination litigation and the defense of class action suits. Ms. Sullivan counsels clients on compliance with federal and state employment laws and represents clients before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and local human rights agencies. Before entering private practice, she served as a judicial clerk to Judge Roger L. Gregory, United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.  Ms. Sullivan received her B.A. degree, with distinction, from the University of Virginia and her J.D. degree, cum laude, from the George Mason University School of Law in 2000.