Employee Handbooks

Employee Handbooks are reference manuals for new and current employees on the policies and procedures of a particular employer. A comprehensive employee handbooks outlines expectations and obligations for both... more +
Employee Handbooks are reference manuals for new and current employees on the policies and procedures of a particular employer. A comprehensive employee handbooks outlines expectations and obligations for both employees and employers and is an important part of effective human resource management. A proper handbook contains detailed information on non-disclosure and conflict of interest obligations, work schedules, employee compensation and benefits, anti-discrimination policies, and codes of conduct to name a few. less -
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Limiting Off-Duty Access To The Hotel

Many hospitality employers are surprised to learn that employees have a right under federal labor law to access the exterior, nonworking areas of the hotel property in their off-duty hours for union or other protected...more

Same - Sex Marriage and the Workplace

Alabama's recent news headlines have been dominated by the subject of same-sex marriage. There are very strong opinion on both sides of the issue, and Alabama has now joined the long list of states involved in litigation...more

Employee Handbook Mistakes Can Come Back to Bite Employers

Courts often conclude that absent appropriate disclaimer language and statements in employee handbooks are “promises” to employees, binding employers to abide by these promises in their dealings with employees. However, a...more

Sixth Circuit Finds Faulty Handbook Bars Employer from Challenging Employee’s Eligibility for FMLA Leave

The Sixth Circuit recently held that a Michigan county agency was barred from arguing that its employee was ineligible for leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), because the employee relied on an inaccurate...more

Employer's Poorly Drafted FMLA Policy Allows Employee to Advance FMLA Claim (That Should Have Never Seen the Light of Day)

If this story won’t cause you bring your FMLA policy up to snuff, then I’ve lost all hope. FMLA’s Basic Premise - An employee is eligible for FMLA leave if he meets three basic criteria: With this backdrop in...more

Can Saks Fifth Avenue Legally Discriminate Against Transgender Employees?

Saks Fifth Avenue’s latest fashion trend is receiving mixed reviews from critics across the nation. According to a discrimination and retaliation complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of...more

Your Most Important Employment Documents

Employment litigation can be expensive and time consuming. Success or failure in defending your company can turn on either the law or the facts. You can’t do too much to change the law that applies to any given case. But...more

Utah Supreme Court Confirms Employee Handbook Disclaimer Can Protect Utah Companies from Implied Contractual Claims

A recent Utah Supreme Court decision drives home to companies with employees in Utah that a clear and conspicuous disclaimer in a prominent point of an employee handbook goes a long way to protecting the company from any...more

Arbitration Provisions Must Include Clear and Unambiguous Waiver of Claimant’s Right to Sue in Court, New Jersey Supreme Court and...

New Jersey employers with mandatory arbitration provisions seeking to compel the arbitration of employment disputes with their employees would be well-served to reexamine such provisions in light of recent decisions by New...more

New Laws and Court Decisions Should Prompt Review of Employee Handbooks for Most Employers

Handbooks in light of several recent legislative actions and judicial decisions. Employers should generally review and update Employee Handbooks as necessary on a yearly basis, but numerous changes will be necessary for most...more

Employment Law 101: Employee Handbooks

Who, What, Why . . . Who does it apply to: It is up to you. A business with two employees might benefit from an employee handbook. A business with 100 might function fine without one. There are no legal rules about...more

How Does Arizona Same Sex Marriage Impact HR?

On Friday October 17, 2014, same sex marriages became legal in Arizona. What are the changes that Arizona employers and their HR professionals need to be aware of? 1. The definition of spouse in employee manuals and...more

NLRB Sidesteps Register-Guard; Still Orders New Elections in Purple Communications

Late last week, the NLRB issued its highly anticipated decision in Purple Communications, 21-CA-095151, which many NLRB observers believed would re-visit whether or not employers may prohibit their employees from using...more

Got an Outdated Employee Handbook? Update Now!

What Employer doesn’t have an Employee Handbook with the requisite at-will language to defeat implied contract claims? So 1990’s. It’s 2014… Time to Update these HOT Employment Areas...more

The Latest From The NLRB On Employment-At-Will Policies

Just two years ago, employers weren’t terribly worried about the approach the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) took toward employment-at-will policies. True, the board did seem to signal at the time that it might...more

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...more

Landry's Inc. v. Flores: NLRB Ruling Bucks Trend, Hints that Non-Infringement Provisions in Employee Handbooks may be Lawful

On June 26, a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) judge ruled that Landry’s Inc., parent of Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., did not violate federal labor laws with its policy governing employees’ use of social media. Administrative...more

Ninth Circuit Finds Revisions To Arbitration Policy In Employee Handbook Effective And Enforceable

The Ninth Circuit recently reversed a district court’s denial of a motion to compel arbitration of an employee’s claims that were brought as a putative class action against her employer, Nordstrom. The basis for the motion to...more

Change To Handbook Arbitration Policy—Adding Class Action Waiver—Was Valid And Enforceable

On the same day that the California Supreme Court issued Iskanian, another important ruling with respect to class action arbitration waivers was issued by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. In Davis v. Nordstrom, the court...more

Take 5 Newsletter: Five Labor and Employment Issues Faced by Health Care Employers

As the Affordable Care Act and the challenges of reimbursement and funding for health care services drive changes in the health care delivery system and employment in the industry, new issues in labor and employment law are...more

Fenwick Employment Brief - July 2014

California Employees Can Waive Class Claims In An Arbitration Agreement, But Not PAGA Claims - Resolving an issue that has created uncertainty for California employers, the California Supreme Court recently held in...more

NLRB atypically 'gets it right' in latest ruling on social media

One of the topics from our recent “Eye on Workplace Privacy” seminar was the focus on how the NLRB has been dealing with employer handbook and social media policies. In that segment, we highlighted how the NLRB at times has...more

You Can Take this Handbook and Shove It!

A recent Nation Labor Relation Board decision leaves many asking who’s the boss in a California Hooter’s Restaurant. Hooter’s advertises its services as delightfully tacky; however, the NLRB has given the staff permission to...more

Can Employees Really Arm Themselves with Recording Devices as They Go About Their Daily Work?

Over the last months, we have traced the Board’s and Administrative Law Judges’ rulings on the legality of handbook rules and conduct in the workplace. We have learned that an employer will often have a better opportunity of...more

10 Tips for Creating an Effective Social Media Policy

A controversial tweet posted by a Kansas University professor last fall in response to the shootings at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C. resulted in the Kansas Board of Regents’ adoption of a revised social media policy. The...more

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