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Employee Handbooks: Required Changes for 2012 and the 12 Most Common Mistakes
Business Management Daily, a division of Capitol Information Group, Inc, January 2012
If your employee handbook hasn’t been updated in the past six months, it’s out of date. For example:
- Have you updated your social media policies in light of recent NLRB rulings on Facebook and Twitter?
- Do any policies conflict with the employee rights explained in the new NLRB labor poster?
- Have you revised your arbitration and noncompete policies to take advantage of the latest Supreme Court and appellate court decisions?
- Have you updated your health insurance policies to leave no doubt that the benefit may be changed at the company’s discretion?
Your employee handbook can be an invaluable organizational tool … or an employment lawsuit waiting to happen. And in recent years, Congress and state legislatures have been busy enacting laws that directly affect your employee handbook. If you haven’t kept up, you could find yourself in court.
To help you avoid disaster, nationally recognized author, educator and attorney Anniken Davenport has updated and recorded her popular interactive webinar Employee Handbooks: Required Changes for 2012 and the 12 Most Common Mistakes.
Find out how the new trends and regulations affect you. In this fast-paced 75-minute session, you’ll discover:
- Up-to-the-minute HR changes to add to your handbook
- What NEVER to tell employees after their probation period ends
- How to avoid “the accidental contract”
- 12 handbook errors that will get you creamed in court – and how to avoid them
- Things that should be in a handbook – and things that SHOULDN’T
- And much, much more!
You’ll learn practical, easy-to-understand tips for spotting mistakes in your employee handbook – and exactly how to fix them. Don’t let your once-helpful employee handbook become your organization’s worst enemy.
Anniken Davenport is a noted employment law attorney and the editor of the HR Specialist state employment law newsletter series. She has authored several books, including Bullet-Proof Your Employee Handbook and Overtime & Other Tricky Pay Issues, published by HR Specialist. She is the co-author of the upcoming Labor & Employment Law for the 21st Century by Prentice Hall. Anniken has served as a professor at Penn State University, where she taught business law and HR management, and she directed the Legal Studies Program at Wilson College. Her legal career includes representing government units in discrimination and other employment law cases and representing school districts in labor negotiations.