Employee Handbook Checklist:
Required Changes for the 2nd Half of 2022
Wednesday, August 31, 2022 | 1:00 PM ET
HR’s most important task: Updating your handbook for fall 2022
As laws and regulations changed rapidly during the pandemic, keeping your employee handbook in strict compliance has been a struggle. In recent months, important rulings in the Supreme Court require you to rethink your policies and practices on weapons, healthcare, religious expression and military service policies.
Missing or poorly worded policies can quickly lead to an expensive lawsuit. Your C-suite expects you to keep every word in your handbook up-to-date.
Now is the perfect time to conduct this simple checklist of the crucial changes you need to make to your employee handbook. From policies on guns and employee leave to your DE&I and social media rules, this fast-paced training session will explain what should be revised in your handbook now.
Plus, discover the 12 most common legal mistakes lurking in employee handbooks this year and how to fix them.
You can’t afford to let your handbook go stale, especially as business policies are changing rapidly to operate in a post-pandemic world. Use this checklist webinar to make all the necessary handbook updates for each state you operate in.
Agenda for Revise Your Job Descriptions
- Essential updates. Up-to-the-minute HR changes to add to your handbooks now.
- Supreme Court-related changes. Learn why and how to change your handbook policies on weapons, abortion, religious expression and more in response to recent decisions.
- COVID compliance. The correct language regarding safety, masks, hygiene, employee leave and more.
- Employee leave. What to include and what to leave out regarding FMLA, ADA, reasonable accommodation and workers’ comp.
- Remote work and attendance. If workers have gone remote, you MUST update your policies to avoid liability. What should they say? What about hybrid schedules?
- Diversity and inclusion. Failing to include this language can be a big red flag in bias lawsuits. But you must also comply with state rules limiting what your training can include.
- Accidental contracts. Identify wording that will tie your hands to future changes and give up your right to fire at will.
- Dress and grooming. Learn how to set rules on appropriate behavior, attire and usage of Zoom, Slack and Teams meetings.
- Sexual and other harassment. Even if employees are remote, you need rules on email, telework, texting and off-site meetings.
- Speech and civility rules. When you can restrict what employees say and when you can’t (salaries, politics, hate speech, etc.).
- Overtime. Why you need to include overtime rules in the handbook for managers and employees.
- Handbook maintenance. When to review, how to update and who should approve.
- The “Dirty Dozen” mistakes. 12 handbook errors that will get you creamed in court (and how to avoid them).
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Anniken Davenport is a noted employment law attorney and the editor of HR Specialist: Employment Law. 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.
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