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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 -

Tips For Drafting Employee Handbooks - Tip #1: Determining the Appropriate Scope and Length

by Bryan Cave on

While an employee handbook serves many functions, its primary purpose from a legal standpoint is to reduce potential liability with respect to claims brought by current and former employees. Unfortunately, many employers are...more

Politics in the Workplace: Do NFL Players Have Freedom of Speech to Protest at Games?

by Payne & Fears on

It’s nearly impossible to turn on the TV and not hear something about the NFL player protests and whether such actions are protected speech under the First Amendment. While these protests started last season, they have grown...more

Employment Matters – UK - Snooping on Employees' Private Emails

Some of you might recall the case of Mr Barbulescu v Romania in 2016, which involved an employee (Mr Barbulescu), who sent private emails through his personal Yahoo account from an office computer. Some messages were innocent...more

Avoiding Common Errors in Employment Documents: A Checklist

In the fast-paced world of employment law, where scandals and groundbreaking lawsuits are front page news, more mundane requirements for documentation that employers provide to candidates and employees can fall through the...more

How to Craft an Employee Handbook Outside the United States or Whether to Issue One at All

by Littler on

Most all major U.S. employers, and many smaller ones, have issued and periodically update employee handbooks—staff guides explaining how the organization’s particular workplace works. U.S. human resources experts almost...more

Vendor Contracts: Be Careful Before You Sign On The Dotted Line

by Fisher Phillips on

It’s the first week back to school and you receive the following three phone calls in quick succession - • A parent advises you that she does not want to buy expensive apparel from a certain sportswear company for her...more

Employee privacy and monitoring

by Dechert LLP on

The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) held in Barbulescu v Romania (Application no. 61496/08) last week that there was a breach of the right to privacy where an employer searched the contents of an...more

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

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

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. For example, while most...more

The Not-So-Elusive 12(b)(6) Dismissal: Fifth Circuit Shoots Down Retaliation Claim Based on Single Text Message

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals recently affirmed the dismissal of a Title VII retaliation claim under Rule 12(b)(6) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure for failure to state a claim where the plaintiff premised her...more

Arizona Employers Need to Update Employee Handbooks

by Jaburg Wilk on

Employment law changes and evolves. Best practice for employers is to have an experienced employment attorney review and update their employee handbook to be in compliance with labor laws. At a minimum, the following areas...more

A New Era For Labor Relations? Fisher Phillips Lawyers Predict Fate Of Top 10 Key Issues

by Fisher Phillips on

Among the most crucial federal agencies undergoing a transformation under the new presidential administration is the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). During the eight years of the Obama administration, with the Board...more

Employers' Questions Answered: San Francisco's Lactation in the Workplace Ordinance

by Allen Matkins on

San Francisco's Lactation in the Workplace Ordinance will become effective on January 1, 2018. The Ordinance imposes requirements that go beyond those that federal and California law already impose on employers and will...more

Wage and Hour Considerations During Weather-Related Emergencies

As Tropical Storm Harvey continues wreak havoc across Texas and beyond, it’s the right time to revisit employer rights and responsibilities during a weather-related emergency or other major disruption. Here are some typical...more

Comprehensive Analysis of New York Paid Family Leave: What Must Employers Do Now to Comply?

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Are you an employer located in New York? Or might you employ even one worker in New York? If so, you need to read this. Last year, New York State passed a Paid Family Leave (PFL) law as a part of its existing state...more

Seventh Circuit Opinion Focuses On Employee Handbook in Determining Whether Employer Had Constructive Notice Of Non-Supervisory...

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

On August 2, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit issued a decision in Nischan v. Stratosphere Quality, LLC providing clarity on what constitutes an employer’s “constructive notice” of...more

Another Federal Appeals Court Rejects Workplace Recording Bans

by Fisher Phillips on

The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals recently became the second federal appeals court this year to hold that an employer’s rule prohibiting recording in the workplace violates the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). In a July 25...more

I-13 – Policies, Policies, Policies, and Microchips Embedded in Employees

by Cozen O'Connor on

Michael Schmidt of Cozen O'Connor addresses recent trends and noteworthy developments on certain employment policies related to political activity, confidential customer information, FMLA retaliation, and maximum leave...more

High Time for Massachusetts Employers to Consider a Marijuana Use Policy

by Murtha Cullina on

All employers should maintain an employee handbook or similar policy statement that clearly sets out the employer’s position on drug and alcohol use. While federal laws relating to marijuana possession and use have not...more

Top Five Proactive Ways for Start-Ups to Avoid HR Nightmares

Unless you’ve been under a rock, the fact that many start-ups have recently found themselves on the wrong side of the litigation or threatened litigation “v.” should not surprise you. In fact, it is often the very things that...more

Divided NLRB Rules Employer Policy Protecting Customer Information Is Lawful

Employers can prohibit the use by employees of the names, social security numbers and credit card numbers of customers in furtherance of organizational activities. If this seems like it should have been a foregone conclusion,...more

You CAN Ask Your Employees To Be Happy! Federal Appeals Court Reins In National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

Much has been written and discussed about the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) attack on handbook policies over the past several years. The NLRB has found what many consider to be run-of-the-mill, standard policies...more

Employment Law - August 2017

Deferred Vacation Policy Lawful, California Appellate Court Rules - Why it matters - A vacation policy that employees do not begin to earn vacation time until after their first year of employment is lawful, the...more

New York Issues Final Paid Family Leave Law Regulations

by Littler on

The New York Paid Family Leave Benefits Law (“PFLBL”), passed last year and effective January 1, 2018, will provide eligible employees with a paid, job-protected leave of absence, starting at 8 weeks in 2018 and eventually...more

Check Your Handbooks!!! UPS Settles Maximum Leave Policy Violations for $2 million.

by Ruder Ware on

The EEOC filed suit against UPS on behalf of approximately 90 current and former employees for multiple violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The agency charged UPS with failing to properly accommodate...more

9 Legal Questions Every Small Business Owner Should Ask

by Fraser Trebilcock on

As a small business owner, you wear multiple hats. Making sure your business is compliant with laws and regulations is a top priority. These 9 legal questions every small business owner should ask will help you evaluate where...more

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