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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Don’t Worry, Be (Un)Happy: Does U.S. Labor Law Protect a Worker’s Right to a Bad Attitude?

A few months ago, we noted that a Yelp employee’s online “negative review” of her employer might be protected activity under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), given that the National Relations Labor Board (NLRB) has...more

NLRB Slams Hospital for Maintaining Work Rules Prohibiting Employees From Engaging in "Improper Conduct"

Over the past several years, employers have been bombarded with news about the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and its ever expanding control over employers’ internal workplace policies. In fact, just a few years ago,...more

Take Notice (And Give Notice!): The “Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016” (DTSA) Requires Immediate Employer Action

On May 11, 2016, President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016, creating the first federal civil cause of action for misappropriation of trade secrets. One provision of the DTSA requires immediate action by...more

Employment Law - May 2016 #2

Defend Trade Secrets Act Becomes Law - Why it matters - Passed by an overwhelming majority of the federal legislature, the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) became law with President Barack Obama's signature on May...more

Prevent Computer Fraud – 1 Tip

In TripleTree, LLC v. Walcker, the employer sued its former employee under the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (“CFAA”) based on the employee’s accessing certain confidential and proprietary information on the company’s...more

NLRB Rejects General Employee Behavior Standards in Code of Conduct

The National Labor Relations Board continues its assault on employer handbooks and other policies it considers to impede employees’ rights to engage in protected concerted activity under Section 7 of the NLRA. Last month, the...more

Have You Reviewed your Employee Handbook for Affordable Care Act Compliance?

Even though the first year of the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate is in effect and fully phased-in, it has been our experience that few employers have bothered to review their employee handbooks to reflect the ACA. ...more

Arbitration Plan Contained in Employee Handbook Enforceable? Not Without Savings Clause, Fifth Circuit Says

In Nelson v. Watch House International, L.L.C., (No. 15-10531), the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a district court decision dismissing an employee’s lawsuit against his employer and compelling arbitration. The Fifth...more

Employee Manuals – Sticking to the Script: New Guidance from the NLRB

On April 7, 2016, a National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”) ruled that five Dan Gilbert companies, including Quicken Loans Inc., Fathead LLC, In-House Realty LLC, One Reverse Mortgage LLC,...more

Summer Projects To Prepare For The 2016/2017 School Year

Each year we outline those issues or trends you should consider implementing as your summer projects to ensure that your school is in compliance with the law and best practices. We list below four areas that we recommend you...more

New California Regulations Regarding Discrimination, Harassment and Pregnancy Disability Leave

New California anti-discrimination, anti-harassment, and pregnancy disability leave regulations went into effect on April 1, 2016.  The substantive law regarding these issues has not changed.  However, the new amendments...more

Employment Law Commentary, March 2016

The California Fair Employment And Housing Council Issues Proposed Regulations To Limit Consideration Of Criminal History In Employment Decisions - Employers take great measures to avoid hiring dangerous employees—not...more

FEHA Regulations for 2016

Don’t Be An April Fool - New Requirements for Employers' Anti-Harassment and Anti-Discrimination Policies Effective April 1st - Amendments to the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (“DFEH”) regulations...more

Moving Your Company to Texas or Just Across the Street? Top 5 Considerations

Fleeing the California minimum wage increase, N. O. Smelz, owner of Smelz Carpet Cleaning calls his friend and fellow entrepreneur Billy Brazos to announce that he’s moving to Texas and to ask for any advice. Having just...more

New Anti-Harassment and Discrimination Regulation Sends California Employers Scrambling to Revise Policies and Practices by April...

Just as we thought it was safe to put away our handbooks and policies until 2017, California lawmakers threw a last minute zinger at employers. Effective APRIL 1, 2016, a new regulation under California’s Fair...more

Human Resources Audits Prove To Be An Effective Risk Management Tool

One of the largest investments an organization makes is in its employees. As organizations grow and evolve, often Human Resources policies and procedures lag behind and are a last area of concern. Experience has repeatedly...more

Help Your Clients with Spring Cleaning

As the weather warms, I find myself wanting to do household spring-cleaning chores while also dreading the effort. I long for a day to pack away winter coats and make room for lighter, brighter clothes in the closet, to...more

Utah Has a Bun in the Oven: Pregnancy Bill Awaits Governor’s Approval

The Utah State Legislature recently passed S.B. 59, a bill that would amend the Utah Antidiscrimination Act to require employers with 15 or more Utah employees to provide reasonable accommodations related to pregnancy,...more

Employee terminated despite manual’s assurances against retaliation

It is often said that “a promise is a promise,” but what does that adage mean? A promise is a statement or declaration that a person will or will not do something. In most cases, a promise is not enforceable under the law...more

Pitfalls to Avoid in Creating an Employee Light Duty Program

Many employers are understandably concerned about the amount of temporary disability benefits an injured worker will receive following a work-related injury. In an attempt to reduce workers’ compensation claims costs, some...more

Recent NLRB Decision Gives Manufacturers Another Reason to Update Policies

As I have commented in this space multiple times, under the Obama Administration, government agencies (particularly the U.S. Department of Labor, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the National Labor Relations...more

How to Fire a Conspiracy Theorist

Do you have an employee that is a conspiracy theorist? You know, someone like Florida Atlantic University professor James Tracy. Tracy is the communications professor that claimed that the Sandy Hook massacre, Boston Marathon...more

2016: What’s on the Horizon for Salary Thresholds Under the FLSA, Employee Handbooks and the NLRB

There are several changes and new trends appearing this year in various areas of labor and employment law. This month’s Workplace Word highlights several of these changes and discusses what employers should expect this year....more

Notice to California Employers: New Rules Dictate Precisely What Must Be in Handbooks Regarding Harassment, Discrimination, and...

Beginning April 1, 2016, new California regulations (§11023 specifically) will require all California employers with more than five employees to have written policies regarding harassment, discrimination, and retaliation. ...more

Have Your Cake and Eat It, Too? Handbook Contract Disclaimers & Mandatory Arbitration Policies

A New Jersey court recently used the so-called contract “disclaimer” language in an employer’s handbook to preclude the employer from enforcing a mandatory arbitration program contained in that same handbook. The court’s...more

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