Session #810: A Practical Look at Updating Your Handbook: Change with the Laws

SHRM 2016 Annual Conference & Exposition
Workplace Application: This workshop will help you ensure your employee handbook is up-to-date and legally compliant as well as helpful to your employees.

In the litigious environment of HR, creating and/or updating your organization’s employee handbook may be a daunting task, but it is a task that must be completed. With often-significant changes in the law, driven by agencies such as the EEOC, DOL and NLRB, revising your handbook needs to be a high priority. Employee handbooks provide an effective and often necessary way to communicate your organization’s policies, standards of conduct and values to employees. However, a poorly drafted handbook may create serious problems, such as the risk of liability or openings for union organizing. This workshop will cover:

  • The common mistakes made in drafting policies and the important strategies to eliminate those errors.
  • Updates in the law and their impact on certain policies, including wage and hour, electronic communications, equal employment opportunity, union avoidance, etc.
  • Best practices and common traps in drafting employee handbooks.  
  • The not legally required but necessary policies as well as the potentially varying policies, depending on the location(s) of your organization’s operations.