Thursday, May 18, 2017
11 a.m. to Noon
Employee Handbooks Do's and Don'ts—employee handbooks are an effective way to communicate policies and procedures to employees. However, a poorly drafted handbook may put an employer at risk for unanticipated liability. And while there are essential policies that should be part of every handbook, employee handbooks are not "one size fits all"— it is critical that any handbook reflect the unique circumstances of that particular workplace. With scrutiny by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on employee handbooks, it is more important than ever that companies develop and maintain their handbooks correctly.
The Pennsylvania Chamber presents top employment law attorney Jeffrey Pasek, Partner, Cozen O’Connor, to walk businesses through the legal do's and don'ts in managing your company's employee handbook. He will cover:
- Strategies workplaces should consider regarding the scope, nature and tone of their employee handbook: Do you want to list only the bare minimum of mandatory polices, or cover all types of policies beyond what is required by law, such as dress code? Do you want to promote generous leave polices, should you have them, or keep the tone strictly conservative? Do you want to reflect your company culture?
- The mandatory policies all employee handbooks must include - examples are equal employment opportunity, harassment, the FMLA, and others
- The optional policies, and why a company may, or may not, want to include these – examples are inclement weather, performance evaluations and workplace violence
- The most common handbook provisions that the National Labor Relations Board finds unlawful
- Policies you should include covering use of company electronic systems and personal devices—computers, laptops, cell phones, tablets/notebooks and more
- The ways that carefully worded employee handbooks can protect a company from liability
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