New Year - New Handbook!

Date: Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Time: 9:00 am - 10:30 am

ZOOM Webinar (login instructions will be provided upon registration and again via email the day prior to the event)

Cost: No charge to attend; RSVP is required. Attendance is limited to no more than two logins per company.

Presenter: Jonathan Fraser Light

Registration Information

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If you are a California business owner or Human Resources professional, your first New Year's Resolution should be to update your handbook. There are required updates every year, and 2021 is no exception in requiring substantial revisions and additions. As with other critical employment documentation, you won’t win a lawsuit because of a solid handbook -- but a poorly-drafted handbook, or no handbook at all, can cause you to lose a lawsuit (especially a wage and hour class action).

In this informative seminar, employment law attorney Jonathan Fraser Light will discuss why it's critical to have a well-crafted handbook and how to avoid hidden traps. He will review the most important updates to your employee policies for 2021 by walking you through excerpts from LightGabler's master handbook policies.

Topics will include the following:

  • Expansion of legally-protected classes
  • Big changes to the CFRA leave law
  • PFL expansions
  • New protections for victims of crime
  • California Consumer Privacy Act
  • Excused and unexcused absences
  • PTO policies vs. vacation and sick leave policies
  • Day of rest requirements
  • 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
  • Language for substance abuse issues
  • Pet/Assistive Animal policies
  • Fragrance and scented products
  • 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?

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