Employee Handbooks: What To Include So You Don't Get Sued!

Date: Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Time: 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. (program begins promptly at 7:30 a.m. with networking and a complimentary continental breakfast being served before the program)

Cost: No charge; RSVP is required.

Embassy Suites Hotel
333 Madonna Road
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405

Presenter: Jonathan Fraser Light and Susan Waag

Does your handbook prevent problems or create them?

A well-drafted employee handbook is among the most important and effective tools available to an employer to promote good employee relations and to prevent and defend lawsuits. It can eliminate unnecessary disputes or misunderstandings, and can establish a coherent unified approach to many common situations.

But many handbooks lack legally-compliant and required policies, making such employers easy targets for litigation. The most common (and easily avoidable) error is the failure to update the handbook annually, to incorporate new legislation and recent case law. Even where a handbook meets minimum, legal standards, the failure to include strategic provisions and incorporate best practices can leave employers open to preventable legal challenges.

In this informative seminar, employment law attorneys Jonathan Fraser Light and Susan S. Waag will review the most important updates to your employee policies for 2018. Topics will include the following:

  • Expansion of legally-protected classes
  • Mandatory changes to the harassment policies
  • New-Parent Leave for smaller employers
  • FMLA/CFRA revisions
  • Excused and unexcused absences
  • PTO policies vs. vacation and sick leave policies
  • Day of rest requirements
  • New language to address meal breaks and rest periods
  • Payroll options (and prohibitions)
  • Distinctions for exempt employees
  • Local city ordinances
  • Mandatory trade-secret language
  • Personal electronic devices at work
  • Technology: the employer's nemesis
  • Employee tracking and monitoring
  • Social media issues
  • New policy language for substance abuse issues
  • Pet/Assistive Animal policies
  • Fragrance and scented products
  • New hazard communication policies
  • Common handbook pitfalls
  • Critical handbook attachments
  • When do you need to translate your handbook?
  • Rolling out the new handbook
  • What if my employee won't sign it?

Registration Information

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Note: Due to the popularity of this program and space limitations, attendance is limited to no more than four people per company.

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