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Human Resource Guidebook

The purpose of this Human Resources Guidebook is to provide general information and sample policies to our visitors regarding human resources and personnel issues that frequently arise in the workplace.

The following topics are covered:

  • Employee Handbooks: an introduction
  • Employee Handbooks: legal considerations
  • Best Human Resources Practices
  • Employee Benefits
  • Union Avoidance
  • Human Resource Disaster Planning
  • Workforce Wellness Toolkit

We hope you find it useful, but please read our disclaimer!


1.  Keys to Writing a Human Resources Manual
2.  Preparing a Human Resources Manual
3.  How to Start Writing a Human Resources Manual
4.  Sample Employee Handbook Disclaimer
5.  Why a Company Should Have an Employee Handbook Learning the Pros and Cons
6.  Establishing What the Handbook Should Accomplish
7.  Avoiding Common Pitfalls in Drafting Handbooks


1.  Introduction to Legal Considerations for Employee Manuals
2.  Equal Employment Opportunity

3.  Sexual Harassment
4.  Sexual Harassment Investigation

5.  Americans with Disabilities Act Title I
6.  The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970

7.  Workplace Violence

8.  Employment At Will
9.  Workplace Privacy and Confidentiality

10.  Record Keeping Requirements
11.  Wage and Hour Laws


1.  Current Trends Influencing Recruitment and Retention Efforts
2.  Workforce Planning
3.  Recruiting and Retention Strategies
4.  Preparing to Recruit

5. Other Policy Considerations


1.  Government Mandated Benefits
2.  Workers Compensation Insurance
3.  Unemployment Compensation
5.  Family and Medical Leave Act
6.  Leaves and Holidays
7.  Employee Assistance Programs

8.  Educational Assistance
9.  USERRA Military Leave


1.  Union Avoidance


1. Preparing For Emergencies Introduction

2. Getting Started: Emergency Management Considerations

3. Emergency Response Procedures
4. Supplies Equipment and Resources


1. Executive Summary: Workplace Wellness
2. Making the Case: Workplace Wellness
3. Steps to Get Started: Workplace Wellness
4. Assessment: Workplace Wellness
5. Health Education: Workplace Wellness
6. Physical Activity: Workplace Wellness
7. Healthful Eating: Workplace Wellness
8. Worksite Environment: Workplace Wellness
9. Smoke free Workplace: Workplace Wellness
10. Stress Management: Workplace Wellness
11. Liability: Workplace Wellness
12. National Health Observances: Workplace Wellness

Jackson Lewis P.C. | Massachusetts | Massachusetts Law To Prohibit Inquiries Regarding Prior Salary at Interview (February 01, 2016)

Jackson Lewis P.C. | California | California Court of Appeal Holds Employee’s Agreement to Reimburse Training Costs in Event of Resignation Does Not Offend Public Policy (February 02, 2016)

Littler Mendelson, P.C. | New York | Don't Get Lost in the Weeds: Medical Marijuana is Now Legal in New York (February 01, 2016)

Ogletree Deakins | Massachusetts | Can a Massachusetts Religious School Refuse to Employ a Worker in a Same Sex Marriage (February 01, 2016)

Franczek Radelet P.C | Illinois | Definition of “Deliberate and Willful” Misconduct Under the Illinois Unemployment Insurance Act Revised and Expanded (February 04, 2016)

Littler Mendelson, P.C. | New York | New York City Expands Human Rights Law to Prohibit Employment Discrimination Against Caregivers (February 01, 2016)

FordHarrison LLP | New York | HOME CARE PROFESSIONALS SERIES Part 1 – NYS Domestic Workers' Bill of Rights (February 02, 2016)

Franczek Radelet P.C | Illinois | Illinois Supreme Court Rules Educational Employers Are Not Required to Arbitrate “Do Not Hire” Designation (February 01, 2016)

Jackson Lewis P.C. | California | What California Retail Employers Need to Know About Accommodating Pregnancy (January 29, 2016)

Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP | New York | New York City Commission on Human Rights Issues Enforcement Guidance on Fair Chance Act and Clarifies Credit Check Law Exemption (February 04, 2016)