HR Manager Webinar Series Part III | Employee Handbook Do’s and Don’ts

HR Manager Webinar Series Part III | Employee Handbook Do’s and Don’ts

Thursday, May 24, 2018 | 11 am to Noon

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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.  Employee handbooks are not “one size fits all.”  It is critical that any handbook reflect the unique circumstances of that particular workplace.   But there are essential policies that should be part of every handbook.  With more scrutiny by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on employee handbooks, coupled with the tsunami of harassment allegations being heard at many companies from all over the U.S., it is more important than ever that companies develop and maintain their employee handbooks correctly.

Webinar highlights

The PA Chamber presents top employment law attorney Jeffrey Pasek, Partner, with Cozen O’Connor, to walk you through the legal do’s and don’ts in managing your company’s employee handbook.  He will:

  • Discuss strategies workplaces should consider as to the scope, nature and tone of the 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?
  • Review the mandatory policies all employee handbooks must include – examples are equal employment opportunity, the FMLA, wage and hour safe harbor language, and others
  • With harassment claims making daily headlines, we will cover the mandatory harassment policies you must have and how to properly word your policy to protect your company
  • Review the optional policies and explain why a company may, or may not, want to include these – examples are inclement weather, performance evaluations, workplace violence
  • Review the electronic systems policies you should include – use of company computers, laptops, cell phones, tablets and notebooks, to name a few
  • Discuss ever-changing decisions by the National Labor Relations Board finding common handbook provisions unlawful (even for non-union workplaces), and how to fix the provisions before you get cited by the NLRB
  • Demonstrate ways that carefully worded employee handbooks can protect a company from liability 

The speaker will open up the last few minutes of the webinar to answer questions from participants.

Continuing Education Credits

Certification group type of credits No. of credits
Pennsylvania State Board of Accountancy CPEs(PX177225) - Group Study 1
Continuing Legal Education Board CLEs 1
Human Resource Certification Institute SPHR/PHR/GPHR Recertification Hours 1
SHRM Preferred Provider SHRM-CP TM / SHRM-SCP TM PDC's 1

Note: To receive continuing education credits, each individual is required by the crediting organizations to log on and log off as proof of attendance.

About The Speaker

Jeffrey I. Pasek is a partner and past chair of the Cozen O’Connor Labor & Employment Group. Jeff maintains a national practice of representing employers in all facets of labor and employment law, including the negotiating and drafting of employment agreements for c-suite executives.  Jeff has handled collective bargaining negotiations and grievance arbitrations in a variety of industries.  A former management trustee of a nationwide retirement plan, Jeff also has extensive experience in handling withdrawal liability claims involving multi-employer pension plans. An active litigator, Jeff has tried cases and argued appeals in the federal courts throughout the United States, including before the U.S. Supreme Court. 

Jeff earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Pittsburgh and his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.  He is active in the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, where he has served as a member of the executive committee of the board of directors, and chairman of the Industrial Relations Committee, Government Affairs Committee and Candidate Selection Committee of the PA Chamber’s PAC. 

He is the editor of the 2017 New York and Pennsylvania Human Resources Manuals, published by the American Chamber of Commerce Resources, LLC in conjunction with the Business Council of New York State, and the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry.

He has been listed for several years in Chambers & Partners USA, and has been selected by his peers as a Super Lawyer.  He is listed in Best Lawyers in America and was selected by them as the Management Employment Lawyer of the Year for 2017.  Jeff has been elected as a fellow in the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.