Employee Handbooks: 2019 Updates


March 07, 2019


Melissa Fleischer

  1:00 PM ET | 12:00 PM CT | 10:00 AM PT | 90 Minutes

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Are you ready for all the changes in laws and policies that may require revisions to your policies and procedures?

The purposes and the scope of employee handbook policies and the practices are changing and expanding. From a siloed HR activity that creates insular documents concerned primarily with communicating the organizational work rules and benefits, employee handbook policies and practices have evolved into a critical component of an organization-wide management process that maximizes organizations' achievement of business objectives, enhances the value of their human capital, and minimizes legal risk.

With 2019 just around the corner, now is the time to start making updates to your employee handbook to ensure compliance with any federal changes applicable to employment laws.

For instance, employee handbook rules on disruptive behavior, confidential company information, use of company logos, disloyalty, and more could spark legal liabilities under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). Recently, the National Labor Relations Board’s general counsel released fairly employer-friendly interpretative guidance (GC 18-04) on how different types of work rules may affect NLRA rights and the circumstances when employers likely have legitimate justification for such rules.

Couple this development with the fact that many new state laws went into effect as of July 1, 2018, and it’s clear that now is the time to revisit your employee handbook and consider updates so you can minimize your organization’s legal risks.

Session Highlights:

  • Status of Final 2019 OT Rule
  • Recent Case Law on Whether Telecommuting is a Reasonable Accommodation under the ADAAA
  • Best Practices for Instituting Telecommuting in your Workplace
  • Questions about Past Salary: Now Unlawful under Many State Laws
  • New State Laws Requiring Reasonable Accommodations for Pregnant Employees
  • Understanding Your Drug-Free Policy in Light of State Medicinal Marijuana Laws
  • Paid Parental Leave Laws
  • Does your ADA Accommodation Policy include Reasonable Accommodations for Pregnant Employees?
  • Paid Sick Leave Laws: What You Need to Know
  • Laws Regarding Prohibition on Asking for Past Salary History During Interviews
  • Ban the Box Laws: What You Need to Know
  • Changes in Enforcement under the Trump Administration

Who Will Benefit:

  • HR Professionals
  • HR Directors
  • Managers
  • In-House Counsel
  • Attorneys
  • Business Owners