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Drafting Effective Employee Handbooks - 1 CLE hour
Employers want nothing more than a workplace that is focused, efficient and drama-free. Employee handbooks are essential to establish broad employer policies on everything from the customary – vacation and leave policy, disciplinary procedures and causes for discharge – to much newer issues, such as whether and how employees can use their own devices (smartphones, tablets, etc.) at work and for work. Handbooks are also essential to define and limit employer liability when things go wrong – workplace discrimination, harassment, accusations of retaliation, breaches of company policies, and more. There is also the singular issue of ensuring that, where allow by state law, employees remain “at will,” and not acquire contract rights to assert against an employer. This program will provide you with a practical guide to drafting and modifying employee handbooks in a changing legal environment.
• Drafting employee handbooks in a changing legal environment
• Relationship of handbook to state law “at-will” status & ensuring employee do not acquire contact rights
• Importance of how the handbook is distributed and updated – Intranet/Internet, paper copy, or other?
• Electronic communications and technology-resources policy
• Essential EEO provisions required by federal, state or local law
• Wage-and-hour compliance – reporting of hours if the employee is non-exempt
• Leave polices and traps – sick leave, vacations, FMLA
• Disciplinary polices and discharge, and general approaches to limiting employer liability
Carson H. Sullivan is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Paul Hastings, LLP, where she represents employers in all aspects of employment law, with an emphasis on employment discrimination litigation and the defense of class action suits. Ms. Sullivan counsels clients on compliance with federal and state employment laws and represents clients before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and local human rights agencies. Before entering private practice, she served as a judicial clerk to Judge Roger L. Gregory, United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Ms. Sullivan received her B.A. degree, with distinction, from the University of Virginia and her J.D. degree, cum laude, from the George Mason University School of Law in 2000.
Regan Herald is an attorney in Washington, D.C. office of Paul Hastings, LLP, where she represents and counsels employers in all aspects of labor and employment law, including federal wage and hour compliance, fair employment practices, individual employment rights, and employee benefits litigation. Her practice includes wage-and-hour class action defense, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wrongful termination. Ms. Herald received her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and her J.D., cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center.