Employee Handbooks: Crucial Updates for 2020

Employee handbooks are essential for employers in today’s litigious environment.

Not only are they a valuable management tool in the workplace, they can be a strong defense to keep you and your employees protected from liability. Governmental agencies, courts and juries look to handbooks to determine whether your policies are fair to employees.

However, poorly written or out-of-date handbooks can cause confusion, inconsistency, and increased litigation.

Any ambiguities can be leveraged against the employer, nullifying any clauses meant to protect the organization – leaving your workplace vulnerable to lawsuits or enforcement agencies’ penalties.

This 75-minute, information-packed workshop provides important guidance on how to write effective handbooks and policies to avoid inadvertent employment contractual obligations, plus addresses the latest regulations, requirements and employment law trends you’ll need to know.

You’ll learn:

  • Keys to drafting strong – and clear – policies to avoid litigation
  • Disclaimer “must-haves” in your handbook policies
  • How to audit your old handbook: What to save, dump, add, or revise
  • Why you MUST review your electronic and social media policies
  • The most common employee handbook mistakes – and how to avoid them

Program Highlights

Essential Components for Your 2020 Employee Handbook

  • What is “at will” employment and how does it impact your policies?
  • Top mistakes in drafting employee handbooks & how to avoid them
  • Policies your handbook should have, but probably doesn’t
  • Essential disclaimers your employee handbook should contain
  • Crucial policies that your handbook can’t be without!

Policies & Practices to Protect Against Litigation & Lawsuits

  • Important policies your company should have, but aren’t appropriate for a handbook
  • Keys to a well-drafted, anti-harassment policy that protects against future liability
  • Why terms like “probationary period” and “introductory period” can be problematic
  • Crucial progressive discipline policies do’s and don’ts
  • The new way the National Labor Relations Board construes handbook policies
  • The right way to train supervisors: What to not say that’s contrary to your disclaimers

Question and Answer Session – Hear expert answers to real-world questions!

Program Benefits

Join us for this 60-minute workshop to discover how to draft and update effective employee handbooks that protect your company from costly litigation and liability.

About the Speaker

Max Muller has more than 40 years of business experience as an attorney, businessman and professional trainer.

In 1990, drawing on his diverse background, he began a consulting practice focusing on providing practical solutions in the areas of workplace legalities, equal employment opportunity, sexual harassment, FMLA, ADA, COBRA, FLSA, ADEA, safety and health regulatory compliance (OSHA), facilities management, and warehousing/inventory control.

  • He authored several books like “The Manager’s Guide to HR: Hiring, Firing, Performance Evaluations, Documentation, Benefits, and Everything Else You Need to Know, Second Edition”, Harper-Collins Leadership/AMACOM Books, and SHRM, New York City, August 2013.
  • He has presented more than 3,000 seminars, webinars and podcasts all over the world – attended or listened to by more than 100,000 people.

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