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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Handbook Is No Arb. Agreement

In Lorenzo v. Prime Communications, L.P., No. 14-1727 (4th Cir. Nov. 24, 2015), Lorenzo sued her former employer, Prime Communications, L.P. (“Prime”), for minimum wage and overtime violations. Prime tried to compel...more

Avoid Potential Traps When Updating Employment Terms in Your Key Documents

There is little debate that best practices for employers include periodically refreshing the company’s key employment documents like personnel policies, confidentiality and nondisclosure agreements. Quite often, there are...more

National Labor Relations Board Continues to Limit Handbook Rules

The National Labor Relations Board has been increasingly active in reviewing rules for employee conduct described in personnel policy manuals and handbooks. The NLRB focuses on Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act,...more

Words Matter: D.C. Circuit Upholds (in part) NLRB's Ruling on Hyundai Handbook Policies

A recent opinion from the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, Hyundai Am. Shipping Agency, Inc. v. NLRB, illustrates the importance of word choice in handbook policies under the watchful eye of the National Labor Relations Board...more

Beware of the Literal and Hypothetical When Considering Work Rules

National Labor Relations Board activity in the area of work rules, among other areas, has become the new normal. Employers have come to expect that the Board will find a work rule unlawful if the rule, taken literally, could...more

Labor Strikes Back: The New NLRB Initiatives

While private sector union representation has been declining for decades, the last few years have ushered in a resurgence of union initiatives. Importantly, these efforts have been fueled by a labor friendly National Labor...more

D.C. Circuit Upholds NLRB Ban on Various Employee Handbook Policies

As exhaustively reported in EmployNews over the past several years, the National Labor Relations Board has been attacking numerous employee handbook provisions considered for years by employers to constitute standard...more

D.C. Circuit Upholds NLRB's Continued Targeting of Workplace Rules

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or the Board) has continued its trend of subjecting employer work rules to scrutiny as to whether they unlawfully restrict workers' rights to form or join labor organizations, bargain...more

The 10 Most Common Mistakes in Employment Handbooks That Can Lead to Legal Liability

In this article, we decided to focus on 10 common mistakes that can expose your company to potential legal liability: - Using a “one-size fits all” approach. It’s tempting to use a handbook template you find online as...more

Handbook Revisions Due

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia sided with the NLRB on 3 common employer policies. These rules violate the NLRA on their face...more

Conflict of interest policy unlawful for stifling labor rights

In March of this year, General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a memo on employee handbooks and the legality of certain types of employer rules. The memo highlighted some recent cases and stressed...more

Quirky Question #268: E-Sign Away!

Question: We have our electronic handbook and arbitration agreement online, and all employees sign both electronically. I saw a news blurb that a California court last year refused to enforce an arbitration agreement that...more

Employers and medical marijuana: Are California's anti-drug policies up in smoke?

What’s an employer to do when faced with employees using marijuana in or out of the workplace? How should employers respond to employees who use or possess marijuana legally under California law? How does such use or...more

New York State Adds Protected Classifications and Remedies for Workplace Discrimination

The new laws are designed to protect equality for female employees in New York State; Governor also proposes regulations that would extend protections to transgender employees. On October 21, New York Governor Andrew...more

New UK Regulations to Govern Whistleblowing in Financial Institutions

This month, the FCA and PRA announced a new regime for whistleblowing that will start to be phased in from March 2016. This is part of the broader desire on the part of the UK regulators to encourage individuals to raise...more

New York Enacts Extensive New Protections for Women in the Workplace

On October 21, 2015, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law a series of bills that expands the state’s gender-based employment protections. The bills are part of a legislative package, known more commonly as the...more

The California Fair Pay Act

California’s Fair Pay Act, which takes effect on January 1, 2016, prohibits private employers from paying male and female employees at different wage rates for substantially similar work. This standard is both more stringent...more

November Is Coming: Voting and Other Leaves

The leaves are changing, and the air is turning cooler. While employers are gearing up for fall, voting leave may be far from their minds. After all, even though the presidential candidates are in full swing campaign mode,...more

Colorado Vacation Pay Update

Earlier this month, we alerted you that the Colorado Department of Labor was considering an enforcement position with respect to “use it or lose it” vacation policies. The CDOL recently issued a FAQ document about Colorado’s...more

NLRB Case Explains Agency's Position on Confidential Information Policies

Many, if not most employers maintain policies regarding disclosure by employees of confidential business information. Sometimes these policies appear in employee handbooks, and sometimes employees are required to sign...more

Employment Law - October 2015 #2

Take the Cure: New California Law Permits Corrections of Wage Statement Violations - Why it matters: Employers may want to review their wage statements after Governor Jerry Brown signed a new law that permits them...more

A Legislative El Niño for California?: New 2016 Employment Laws for the State’s Private Sector Employers

Experts are predicting a 95% chance of heavier-than-usual seasonal rainfall this year in Southern California based on the phenomenon known as “El Niño.”  Did the California Legislature and its Governor produce a comparable...more

The Three “H”s of Fall: Halloween, Hot Chocolate, and Handbooks

Yes, the end of the year always brings a flurry of revisions to employer handbooks. This year is no different. Business owners, general counsel, and human resources professionals throughout California and the County always...more

ARB Rules That Secret Recording of Workplace Conversations Can Be Protected Whistleblowing Activity

On September 28, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor Administrative Review Board (“ARB”) held that the recording of workplace conversations can be protected whistleblower activity under the Energy Reorganization Act of 1974...more

Employment Law Update: Wages and Water: What Do We Do?

With the recent rain storms that have blanketed the Carolinas and the resulting road damage and closures, this a good time for employers to review their inclement weather policies and to make sure they properly compensate all...more

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