Employee Handbooks: Critical Legal Updates for HR

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at 1pm ET           Duration: 60 minutes

Your employee handbook is your first line of defense against employee lawsuits. A good one will stand up in court and protect your company. But an outdated or poorly drafted one – containing buzzwords, promises you can’t keep, or unnecessary language– is a dream come true for disgruntled employees and their attorneys.  (more details below)


WHY ATTEND

Even if you updated your employee handbook last year, you can’t assume your company is safe. Handbooks must be continually re-examined and updated to keep up with changing government regulations. And the past 24 months in particular, have been jam-packed with employment law changes, ground-breaking case law developments, and new agency guidance that require adjustments to your written policies and guidelines.

There’s also a new sheriff in town – the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Once only feared by employers with unionized employees, the NLRB has made it clear that nearly ALL employers need specific at-will language in handbooks to avoid unfair labor and right-to-organize charges.

Just a few of the areas where your handbook could be lacking:

  • Updated discrimination and harassment policy to include sexual orientation & gender identity
  • NLRB approved at-will statement
  • A Civility statement that doesn’t clash with right to organize
  • Clarified FMLA policies to include same-sex spouses
  • Provisions for breaks and accommodations for nursing mothers
  • Revised guidelines for off-the-clock and overtime work 

To ensure your handbook isn’t a lawsuit waiting to happen, please join employment law expert Anniken Davenport for this informative and interactive webinar.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

This session will cover: 

  • Current and upcoming employment law changes that require adjustments to your employee handbook 
  • The most common employee handbook errors that have cost employers in court
  • Specific phrases that a disgruntled employee’s attorney is dying to find 
  • Language that may create an “accidental contract”- and how to fix it
  • Why dress codes and English-only policies spell big trouble

    ABOUT THE SPEAKER

    Anniken Davenport has taught business law and HR management at Penn State University and directed the Legal Studies Program at Wilson College. She has represented the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in discrimination and employment law cases and school districts in labor negotiations. Anniken holds an MA in writing from Johns Hopkins and a JD from Penn State.

    Certification

    This program has been approved for 1.5 recertification credit hour(s) through the HR Certification Institute (HRCI) & Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

    What You Get With Each Option

    Live Recording

    Live Only

    Participation in the live upcoming webinar

    Recording

    Recording Only

    Full MP4 recording of webinar, including Q&A. Choose digital download or CD-ROM by mail.

    Live and Recording

    Live + Recording

    Participation in the live webinar + Full MP4 Recording. For recording, choose digital download or CD-ROM by mail.

    Event Package

    Event Value Pack

    Participation in the live webinar + Full MP4 Recording + Audio-only MP3 recording. For recordings, choose digital download or CD-ROM by mail.

    What You Get With Each Option close

    Live Recording

    Live Only

    Participation in the live upcoming webinar

    Recording

    Recording Only

    Full MP4 recording of webinar, including Q&A. Choose digital download or CD-ROM by mail.

    Live and Recording

    Live + Recording

    Participation in the live webinar + Full MP4 Recording. For recording, choose digital download or CD-ROM by mail.

    Event Package

    Event Value Pack

    Participation in the live webinar + Full MP4 Recording + Audio-only MP3 recording. For recordings, choose digital download or CD-ROM by mail.

    About Webinar Connections close

    Each purchase is for ONE computer to access the session.
    A group may participate in a room together as long as only 1 computer is logged in.
    If you need more than one computer to access the webinar, please call customer service at 888-479-2777.
    A charge will apply for each connection.