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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NLRB’s Do’s and Don’ts of Employer Handbooks: Part 1

On March 18, 2015, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Office of the General Counsel released a 30-page memorandum providing guidance on employer rules and handbooks. The memorandum further solidified the NLRB’s...more

NLRB General Counsel Issues Memorandum Providing Justification for Employer Rule Decisions

Over the past several years, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has aggressively redefined the landscape for employer rules contained in employee handbooks, employee policies, and/or employment agreements....more

If You Can’t Say Anything Nice….NLRB General Counsel Releases New Report on Employee Handbook Rules

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) General Counsel released a report on recent case developments on March 18 involving employee handbook conduct restrictions. The stated purpose was to focus on rules that may have a...more

NLRB General Counsel Issues Guidance Memorandum on Employee Handbook Rules

The General Counsel for the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) recently published a guidance memorandum that provides specific examples of lawful and unlawful employee handbook rules in the areas of confidentiality,...more

Fenwick Employment Brief - March 2015

Recent Cases Provide Helpful Reminders Regarding Best Practices (and Pitfalls) with Employment Arbitration Clauses - Scrutiny of mandatory, pre-employment arbitration agreements continues before California state and...more

Are You Breaking The Rules? NLRB General Counsel Issues Extensive Report On Employer Rules and Handbooks

On March 18, 2015, the General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a report (General Counsel Memorandum GC 15-04) summarizing recent NLRB enforcement action regarding many common employment policies....more

NLRB General Counsel Offers Glimpse Into the Board’s Approach to Employee Handbooks

In a move that should remind all employers (whether unionized or non-unionized) to regularly review their employee handbooks, Richard F. Griffin, the General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board (Board or NLRB),...more

NLRB General Counsel’s report on employee handbook rules provides some guidance . . . but employers may not like it

As we have previously reported, the National Labor Relations Board in recent years has put employee handbooks and policy manuals under a magnifying glass, searching for any provision that might, in its view, violate the...more

Did You Know…The Guiding Light on Employer Handbooks — Sort of

Most employers already know they cannot forbid employees from criticizing management, workplace conditions, or discussing salaries in person or on the Internet.  Employers cannot forbid employees from posting comments — both...more

NLRB’s General Counsel Issues Memorandum Identifying Illegal Employer Rules

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has made it clear that it will aggressively police employee handbooks and conduct policies, including those that cover non-union represented employers....more

NLRB Says “Mere Maintenance” of Employee Handbook Rules May Violate the NLRA

In recent years the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has aggressively sought to emphasize that its reach extends beyond solely unionized workforces.  On March 18, 2015, NLRB General Counsel Richard Griffin released a...more

NLRB Issues New Report on Employment Handbook Violations: Do you need a Handbook Review?

On March 18, 2015, the Office of the General Counsel for the National Labor Relations Board, Richard F. Griffin Jr., released the much-anticipated report of cases raising significant legal or policy issues arising in the...more

NLRB Offers Guidance on Employer Handbook Policies

Over the past several years, employers have struggled to reconcile handbook and other personnel policies with decisions of the National Labor Relations Board. Drawing lines more nice than obvious, the NLRB has invalidated...more

Employee Handbooks Should Be Reviewed in Light of NLRB Report

Your employee handbook may be unlawful. That’s the takeaway from a 30-page report issued by the National Labor Relations Board’s Office of the General Counsel on March 18, 2015....more

New NLRB Guidance on Employer Work Rules: Time to Review and Revise Employee Handbooks

On March 18, 2015, the Office of the General Counsel for the National Labor Relations Board issued its "Report Concerning Employer Rules." The 30-page report contains 8 broad areas of employer work rules typically found in...more

NLRB General Counsel Issues New Guidance on Employee Handbooks

The NLRB’s Office of the General Counsel has issued a report that provides new guidance on employee handbooks. The report, which is available here, sets out the most recent views of the General Counsel on what he describes...more

Employee Handbooks Should Be Reviewed in Light of NLRB Report

Your employee handbook may be unlawful. That’s the takeaway from a 30-page report issued by the National Labor Relations Board’s Office of the General Counsel on March 18, 2015....more

National Labor Relations Board Issues Guidance on Employee Handbook Provisions

Action Item: Recent guidance provided by the National Labor Relations Board is a valuable reminder that employers should carefully review their employee handbooks and other policies to ensure compliance with the National...more

NLRB GC Release Report Offering Employers Guidance on Handbook Policies

The National Labor Relations Board’s Office of General Counsel recently released a Report of the General Counsel Concerning Employer Rules, which is apparently designed to offer guidance to employers regarding workplace...more

NLRB General Counsel Offers Guidance on Handbook Policies

A recent report from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or Board) Office of the General Counsel (OGC) offers a glimpse into the Board’s current direction on the topic of employee handbook policy compliance with Section...more

Expanding Eligibility: Is Your FMLA Policy Ripe for Misinterpretation?

Can the wording in your handbook make employees otherwise ineligible for FMLA leave eligible? The Sixth Circuit (which has appellate jurisdiction over district courts in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee) has answered...more

Utah Legislature Expands Antidiscrimination Laws to Address LGBT and Religious Rights

Last night, the Utah House passed landmark legislation (the "Act") already approved by the Senate that modifies Utah's antidiscrimination and fair housing acts to provide protection for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender...more

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

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