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Employee Handbooks: Top Legal Pitfalls

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Summary

Employee Handbooks: Top Legal Pitfalls

Workshop Description/Agenda

Avoid the Top Employee Handbook Landmines That Can Land You in Hot Water

The National Labor Relations Board released handbook guidance that affects nearly every employer in the nation. Updates to the Fair Labor Standards Act also require businesses to closely scrutinize the contents of their handbooks. It is imperative that you and your clients are aware of these changes to avoid making critical mistakes and landing in legal hot water. Get your handbooks updated now to safeguard against traps created by outdated workplace policies. Help companies avoid potential pitfalls, fines or even worse, litigation - register today!

  • Arm yourself with the tools to avoid wage and hour oversights that can lead to potential litigation.
  • Avoid errors when drafting behavior and conduct provisions that legally address defamatory conduct, abusive speech and more.
  • Locate seemingly innocuous handbook provisions that violate the National Labor Relations Act.
  • Steer clear of anti-harassment and discrimination policy mistakes by including OSHA anti-retaliation rules.

Agenda

1:00 pm to 4:15 pm Eastern Standard Time
Presenters: Rayna Jones and Elizabeth Soveranez

1:00 - 2:30 Rayna Jones

  1. Not Having an Effective Anti-Harassment, Discrimination and Retaliation Policies
    1. Failure to List Specifically Prohibited Conduct, Reporting, Investigation, etc.
    2. Not Protecting Against Claims Concerning Dating
    3. Forgetting to Update Discrimination Policies
    4. Not Addressing OSHA Anti-Retaliation Rules
    5. Inadequately Outlining Consequences for Policy Violations
    6. Failure to Periodically Update Handbooks
  2. Inconclusive Wage and Hour Provisions
    1. Not Listing FLSA White Collar Exemptions
    2. Noting Improper Deductions for Overtime
    3. Not Knowing When Wages are "Confidential Information"

Break 2:30 - 2:45

2:45 - 4:15 Elizabeth Soveranez

  1. Having an Overly Restrictive Disciplinary Policy
    1. Inadequately Listing Confidentiality Rules
    2. Using Overbroad Language
    3. Improperly Addressing Rude and Disrespectful Behavior
    4. Failure to Outline Consequences for False of Defamatory Statements
    5. Insufficiently Noting Trade Secret and Financial Disclosure Violations
    6. No Compliantly Drafting Conflict of Interest Policies
  2. Failure to Adhere NLRB Rulings
    1. New Standard: Employee NLRA Rights vs. Employer Disciplinary Rights
    2. Category 1 Rules: What is Generally Lawful?
    3. Category 2 Rules: Navigating Legal Ambiguity
    4. Category 3 Rules: What is Always Unlawful?

Who Should Attend

This essential course on the latest federal employee handbook guidance is for attorneys. Human resource professionals, accountants and paralegals may also benefit.

Additional Information

Training Provider: NBI, Inc.

Course Topics: HR Management Training > Labor/Employment Law

Training Course Summary: Employee Handbooks: Top Legal Pitfalls


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