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Employee Handbooks: Do's and Don'ts

SKU: EMPL4100
Total Credits
1 - 1.5
Price$75
  • Online Access
  • Smartphone
  • iPad/iPod/Tablets
  • CDs/DVDs

Description

Employee Handbooks are essential for employers in today’s litigious environment. They are the number one most important tool that an employer can have to protect itself from future liability. However, there are important mistakes that employers can make that wreak havoc for employers.

This CLE course will help counsel better understand the legal liability that can come from failing to have the proper employment law policies in your employee handbook. It will provide an in-depth review of the must-have policies for your employee handbooks as well as phrases and terms that you should never use in an employee handbook. This informative seminar will outline for you the do’s and don’t’s of drafting an effective well-written legally compliant employee handbook. It will examine what the courts have said on these issues and provide practical tips on avoiding liability in the future.

Topics include:

  • Methods to protect your company from legal liability for the top mistakes that employers make when creating employee handbooks
  • Tips for preventing legal claims of implied contract
  • Overview of language that should never be used in your employee handbook because it could give rise to claims of breach of implied contract
  • Must-have essential disclaimers your employee handbook should contain
  • Best practices for including a well drafted anti-harassment policy to help protect you from future legal liability
  • Why terms like “probationary period” and “introductory period” can be problematic
  • What are the essential policies that your employee handbook should contain
  • What are the five key disclaimers and qualifiers every Employee Handbook must contain

Lecturer Bio

Melissa Fleischer, Esq.

Melissa Fleischer, Esq., is a sought-after employment law attorney and HR advisor, having utilized her 20 years of law practice experience specializing in employment discrimination litigation to form HR Learning Center LLC, an HR consulting firm that specializes in providing workplace solutions to employers on a wide range of legal and human resource management issues. Ms. Fleischer provides preventative counseling and proactive training on a wide-range of employment law issues to help employers achieve legal compliance and reduce litigation costs, Ms. Fleischer is a management-side employment attorney and is nationally recognized as an expert in her field. Ms. Fleischer has successfully represented numerous clients in employment discrimination litigation as well as providing preventive counseling and training on workplace issues. Ms Fleischer was previously associated with Epstein Becker & Green in NYC.

Through HR Learning Center, Ms. Fleischer provides on-site training seminars and on-line training webinars and consulting on a wide range of workplace and human resource issues including sexual harassment, disabilities, diversity, discrimination, workplace violence, employee use of social media, job descriptions, employee handbooks, workplace investigations, FLSA misclassification and independent contractor status, information privacy and security, and HR records management. She also offers compliance training on the major employment laws, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Family and Medical Leave Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, Fair Labor Standards Act, including exempt and non-exempt worker classifications and the National Labor Relations Act. She presents seminars, leads webinars and workshops, and is a frequent lecturer on these and other HR management and legal topics.

Ms. Fleischer served as a chapter editor for the Family and Medical Leave Act Treatise, published by the Bureau of National Affairs. She also served as an Editor for HRExpert, an on-line legal resource for attorneys and HR Professionals. Ms. Fleischer is an adjunct faculty member with the Professional Development Center at SUNY/Westchester Community College in Valhalla, New York. She is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Ms. Fleischer earned her J.D. degree from The George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C., and her B.A., cum laude, from New York University.



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