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.
Date(s) & Time(s): 
Sunday, June 19, 2016 - 8:00am to 12:00pm

Michael S. Cohen, J.D.

Michael S.
Cohen, J.D.

Michael S. Cohen concentrates his practice in the areas of employment law training and counseling. Mr. Cohen has trained and counseled employers throughout the country on subjects including harassment prevention; workplace diversity; discipline and discharge; hiring and recruiting practices; performance evaluations; FMLA, ADA and FLSA compliance; leave of absence policies; performance management; workplace privacy; sexual orientation and gender identity in the workplace; substance abuse testing; workplace violence; records retention; conducting background checks; teens in the workplace and managing attendance problems. He has conducted trainings for executives, directors, managers, supervisors and employees in many industries, including financial services, healthcare, pharmaceutical, manufacturing, retail, real estate development, law firms and human services. Mr. Cohen also has conducted trainings for executives, deans and faculty in several institutions of higher education and secondary education. He has conducted more than 150 trainings in the last year.

Follow Michael on Twitter @Cohen_HR_Law.

Additional Fee & Registration Required
Amount of Credit: 
Credit Type: 
HR Credit
Session Type: 
Preconference Workshop
HR Expertise
Critical Evaluation
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