Employee Handbooks: Policy Updates for 2018 and How to Avoid Mistakes

Duration: 60 Minutes
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Handbook policies should be carefully drafted by avoiding common drafting "traps"' that could lead to legal liability for your company in 2018. This webinar will provide valuable insight on recent and coming changes in the law that may affect their employee handbooks, and guidance on how to effectively prepare for 2018 updates to avoid legal missteps.
Employee Handbooks
Instructor: Gregory Powell
Product ID: 503973
Objectives of the Presentation
  • Employ best practices to ensure that your handbook remains in compliance
  • A preview of how current and imminent changes in laws may impact your employee handbook
  • How to generally craft an employee handbook that covers the policies you need
  • How to avoid inadvertently creating a binding contract with your handbook language
  • How various types of policy language could lead to legal risks under the National Labor Relations Act and equal pay legislation
  • How to properly provide employees with notice, so you're sure they understand the rights and responsibilities spelled out in the handbook
Why Should you Attend
Having a well-drafted employee handbook can be one of the most helpful protections in case of lawsuits. There are many red flags you need to watch for in your handbook. Learn how to update your employee handbook to stay in compliance with the latest federal developments and national trends. Also learn what recent legal issues require revisions to your employee handbook as well as best practices for complying with recent legal updates. You will also explore relevant NLRB decisions that impact your handbook, as well as tips and tricks for drafting compliant policies.

Areas Covered
  • Check that your Handbook contains the right policies
  • EEO policies with zero tolerance for discrimination, harassment, and retaliation as well as a multichannel complaint procedure
  • legal updates affecting policies on drug and alcohol testing, sick leave, no weapons, family and medical leave, confidentiality, and much more
  • How to avoid concerning social media, recordings, communications, and off-duty conduct
  • Identify the top handbook mistakes, and how to spot them in your handbook
  • Employee handbooks and the risks associated with including or excluding certain policies and provisions
  • And much more…
Who will Benefit
  • Human Resource Professionals
  • Benefit Professionals
  • Managers
  • Supervisors
  • Training
  • In-house counsel
  • Financial Officers
  • CEOs
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Instructor Profile:
Gregory graduated from Morehouse College ('87) with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. After working several years as a journalist and investigative reporter, he entered law school at the University of Wisconsin ('94) and focused his studies on administrative law (labor and employment law, negotiations, constitutional law, arbitration, litigation, collective bargaining, contract, Litigating Before the NLRB, FLSA, Discrimination and Harassment, OSHA, private [NLRA] and public sector Labor [WERC, PERB] Law), and was a member of Wisconsin's Moot Court Team. After law school, he worked at a boutique labor and employment law firm (management-side) in Memphis for several years, and relocated to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to work in the City's Attorney's office as an Employment and Labor Attorney, representing the City's Municipal Executives (Police Chief, Fire Chief, City Librarian, City's Labor Department, Hospital, City Engineer, Chief of Sanitation). Eventually, he secured a job as an Employment Attorney and Hearing Officer with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), where he worked almost twenty years. Most recently, he worked as the Principal Labor Relations Representative for the County of Santa Clara in California. He currently teaches at Ohio Christian University (William Seymour College).

He earned his Master of Divinity from Regent University (2014), focusing on Executive Coaching, Life Coaching, and Practical Theology. Also, Gregory has earned a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Alabama ('04), focusing on writing plays and poetry; his first collection of poetry, Tin Ears {Bowie, Maryland: Broad Wing Press, 2016 (ISBN 1-938373-07-3)} was recently published. Also, he is currently writing a cycle of 7 plays that address racial reconciliation, Voting Rights, Civil Rights, Religion, Union, Convict Leasing, Works Songs, and Blues.The first play, Ruby's Harmonicas & Pianos, Incorporated, was premiered by the Aldridge Theatre Company at the Downtown Theatre (Birmingham, Alabama) on 17 April 2016. He has completed two additional plays in the cycle (Beans Bones Blues and No Honey in the Rock); he is currently writing a fourth play, Leviâ??s Processing & Packaging, Incorporated, and recently started researching the fifth play in the cycle, Fire in My Bones, which addresses the genesis of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.

He facilitates workshops and seminars relative to labor and employment law, Executive Coaching Seminars, and Creative Writing workshops.
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