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Employers’ New Year’s Resolutions: 5 Ways to Update Your Employee Handbook by Year’s End

How long has it been since your organization updated its employee handbook? It’s time to brush off any layers of dust that have accumulated over the years and make it a priority to conduct a review prior to the year’s end. This article highlights five evolving areas employers can focus on now to start the quickly-approaching new year off on the right foot.

PODCAST: What's the Deal with Employee Handbook Rules?

Recent cases and guidance from the National Labor Relations Board signal a shift in the standards for determining the legality of employer work rules. In this episode, Ruthie Goodboe from our Pittsburgh and Detroit (Metro) offices discusses the current state of the law and what all employers—unionized and non-unionized—need to know about employee handbook policies and practices.

New Year, New Employee Handbook: Rethinking Your Policies in the Wake of 2017

2017 has been quite a year, with ever-changing regulations, trends, and employee expectations at the local, state, and federal levels. In this environment of constant flux, an outdated employee handbook can leave an employer unnecessarily susceptible to potential claims. Reviewing and updating handbook policies to reflect the latest legal developments and best practices, however, can help your company avoid unnecessary exposure. Below are just a few of the areas in which you may want to consider revisions based on the happenings of 2017.

A New Years’ Resolution for Your Handbooks: Keep Your Arbitration Agreements Out

s the new year quickly approaches, it is a good time to review your company’s handbook and policies. One important issue to look for is whether your arbitration agreement is part of the handbook.

Handbooks – NLRB Gives Some Control Back to Employers

Executive Summary: On December 14, 2017, in a 3-2 decision, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or Board) overruled the “reasonably construe” standard it established in Lutheran Heritage Village-Livonia, 343 NLRB 646 (2004), to determine whether a facially neutral rule or handbook policy violates an employee’s Section 7 rights. See The Boeing Company and Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace, IFTPE Local 2001, Cases 19-CA-090932, 19-CA-090948, and 19-CA-095296.

New NLRB Majority Calls off the War on Employee Handbooks

On December 14, 2017, the National Labor Relations Board issued an important decision in The Boeing Co., 365 NLRB No. 154 (2017), where the Board’s new three-member majority established a new standard for evaluating the validity of employer rules, policies, and handbook provisions under the National Labor Relations Act ("the Act").

Leaving Defenses On The Table In Drafting Employee Handbooks And Posting Notices

While off-the-shelf employee handbooks can be cost-efficient in the short-term, sometimes they leave important employer defenses on the table. This is particularly true for state-specific defenses.

HR’s Critical Role in Shaping Employment Policy

Most organizations would agree that their people are among their most important assets. So why is it that so few organizations believe that their HR department is one of their most important divisions? At a time when the President of the United States is calling for building America again, buying American again, and creating those great-paying American jobs again, Michael Lotito, co-chair of Littler's Workplace Policy Institute and a Littler shareholder, explores many of the reasons why HR is not just critical to this endeavor, but will be the driving force behind it.

New Hope for Employee Handbooks?

During the prior Administration, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) scrutinized employment policies contained in handbooks and policy manuals, and found many of the policies unlawful under the theory that they “chilled” the exercise of employees’ Section 7 rights under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). Virtually no category of policy was immune from challenge—the NLRB invalidated policies ranging from confidentiality, cameras, and e-mail usage to media relations, just to name a few.

Five Reasons Why New York Restaurants Should Have an Employee Handbook

Executive Summary: For a foodie, there’s no greater place to be than in New York.

New Year's Resolution for Employers: Review Employee Handbooks and Agreements

A Nov. 24, 2015, decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, which has jurisdiction over the Carolinas, about an arbitration provision included in an employee handbook serves as a warning to employers to review employee handbooks and agreements for the new year.

New Year's Resolution for Employers: Review Employee Handbooks and Agreements

A Nov. 24, 2015, decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, which has jurisdiction over the Carolinas, about an arbitration provision included in an employee handbook serves as a warning to employers to review employee handbooks and agreements for the new year.

Distracted Driving: What's In Your Policy?

Long before cell phones, drivers faced various distractions: eating, grooming, attending to children, changing the radio, rubbernecking someone else’s accident, becoming absorbed in a conversation, or arguing. These distractions created safety hazards and, of course, still do. So, just what is “distracted driving”? Anything that takes a driver’s attention off the task at hand, driving safely, results in distracted driving.

Dealership Handbooks Are Being Picked Apart

Whether your dealership is unionized or you’ve never had to deal with organized labor, your employment policies are more likely now than ever to be targeted by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Over the past two years, the board has been increasingly aggressive in striking down auto dealership employment policies that had been legal for years.

Why Your Company Needs A Handbook

The days of believing that a handbook can cause more harm than good are long gone. In today’s business environment, a handbook serves both as a sword to carve out your legal rights as well as a shield to protect them.

Why Your Company Needs A Handbook

The days of believing that a handbook can cause more harm than good are long gone. In today’s business environment, a handbook serves both as a sword to carve out your legal rights as well as a shield to protect them.

HR Answers: Creating a Great Employee Handbook

By Jennifer Sandberg Given the myriad government regulations applicable to credit unions and the need for strict financial controls, a credit union might perceive that an employee handbook is low on its list of priorities. However, no credit union can function without a strong team of employees and, oddly enough, employees like to know the rules. No matter the industry, no matter the company size, any company with even a few employees benefits from an up-to-date, lawful employee handbook.

Did Your DUI Lawyer Draft Your Employee Handbook?

Of course not. I just wanted to get your attention. The real question is when is the last time you reviewed your employee handbook to ensure, not only that it is legally compliant, but also to ensure that it accurately reflects your current policies and practices? That long, huh? If your handbook (along with your sense of fashion and hairstyle) is stuck in the 80s, 90s or early 2000s, it may be time for an update. An outdated handbook can create potential risks for employers and convert what should be your best friend into your worst enemy.

Writing An Employee Handbook Your Employees Will Read – And Heed, Part 2

In Part 1 of this article (Labor Letter March, 2011) we looked at some of the important points to keep in mind when writing an employee handbook. In this conclusion, we'll cover ten of the most important policies that should be included.

Writing An Employee Handbook Your Employees Will Read – And Heed, Part 1

Not complying with current law can be expensive in today's legal climate. Employers should review their employee handbooks and employment-related policies to make sure they are up to date. More importantly, employers should draft their handbooks so their employees actually read them and follow their policies.

Handbook/Policy Reviews - A Labor Law Necessity.

In the whirlwind surrounding the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA), it might be easy to ignore the basic need to ascertain that employee handbooks and policy manuals pass National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) muster in the event of union organizing or concerted activity. Nevertheless, the changing of the guard at the NLRB under the Obama Administration makes this basic exercise even more important.

Put Handbook Review on Your 2009 "To Do" List.

Not complying with current law can be expensive in today's legal climate. One of your New Year's resolutions should be to review your employee handbook and employment-related policies to make sure they are up to date. When doing so, remember to draft your handbooks so that your employees actually read them and follow your policies. In this article we'll offer advice on how to write handbooks employees will actually read, and also identify 10 important policies that every employer should have in place to minimize the risks of employment-related litigation.

Provisions of an Effective Employee Handbook (Part II) (pdf).

The following is the second of a two-part series.

Provisions of an Effective Employee Handbook (pdf).

There is no law that requires you to have an employee handbook. Additionally, if you have a handbook, it does not necessarily follow that you will be in a better position to prevent or defend a lawsuit. So why go to the trouble?

Recent Cases Impact Common Workplace Policies (pdf)

Under recent case law, policies about common workplace issues such as confidentiality, complaints, solicitation, and fraternization may violate employee rights protected by the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) - regardless of whether the employees belong to a union.

Employee Handbooks -- Protecting A Valuable Company Asset.

Employee handbooks can be great tools for employers, but like mutual funds and automobiles, they need periodic checkups and maintenance. A well-written and up-to-date employee handbook can be a litigation lifesaver, but an out-of-date handbook can be your worst nightmare. Recognizing and treating employee handbooks as important HR assets will pay off in the long run by providing consistency and guidance in day-to-day operations, and legal protection in the event of a lawsuit.
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