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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The National Labor Relations Board Continues Its Full-Frontal Attack on Employers’ Rules of Conduct

The National Labor Relations Board continues its full-frontal attack on reasonable rules of conduct promulgated by employers in two recent cases issued at the beginning of April. In Hills and Dales General Hospital,...more

Courteous, professional workplace policy outlawed

In recent months, some of the National Labor Relations Board’s intentions have become obvious. First, the NLRB plans on devoting considerable attention and resources towards non-union employees and employers. Next, the NLRB...more

Can We Define "Full Time" To Mean Something Less Than 40 Hours Per Week?

Q. Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), do we have to define “full time” to mean 40 hours per week, or is that left to employers’ discretion? Can we maintain a 40-hour standard for wage and hour purposes, but have a...more

The NLRB Weighs in Again on Civility - Civility Loses

A lot of people are available to tell you how to best utilize social media, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and other platforms to promote your brand, to promote yourself or even just the best way to share pictures of your cats. ...more

Trade Secrets? Tips For Keeping Data Safe

The leak of National Security Agency (NSA) data by computer contractor Edward Snowden ignited a global discussion about secrets of all kinds. For business owners, the increased odds of high tech theft are good reason to...more

Chicago Extinguishes E-Cigarette Use In Enclosed Places

The city of Chicago has decided that electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) should be treated the same way as more conventional cigarettes. Effective April 29, 2014, e-cigarettes will be banned in enclosed public places and...more

NLRB Finds That “Employee Rights” Savings Provision In Employee Handbook Does Not Cure Overbroad Employee Conduct Rules

In First Transit, Inc., the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) found that a savings provision in an employee handbook recognizing employees’ right to decide whether they want to have union representation was insufficient...more

Employer Handbook: Age Discrimination

The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (“ADEA”) applies to virtually all employers with 20 or more employees in 20 or more calendar weeks in the current or preceding year. Be careful how you count, though. Businesses under...more

Employer’s Handbook Disclaimer Renders Agreement To Arbitrate Unenforceable, New Jersey District Court Holds

Employee handbooks typically contain an overview of company history, a set of employment policies and general guidance, and a clear and prominent disclaimer that nothing in the handbook creates a contract of employment...more

Do you own the intellectual property created by your employees?

With the days of patent and copyrights applying mainly to tangible objects being long gone, data and patent rights are becoming more important than ever. Now, every process, software, procedure, and other intellectual...more

Drafting Effective Employee Handbooks

Unfortunately, it is common for new hires and existing employees to put employee handbooks aside with little consideration. Nevertheless, comprehensive employee handbooks are an important tool employers can use to minimize...more

Social Media – Revise Your Policy If It Says This

If you have a provision similar to the one below in any of your employee agreements, handbooks, etc. or are considering including one, make sure you read the rest of this article....more

A Woolley Situation: District of New Jersey Refuses to Enforce Arbitration Clause in Employee Handbook

New Jersey employers should consider the risks of including an arbitration agreement in a standard employment handbook in light of a recent decision by the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. In...more

Act Now Advisory: Overbroad Handbook Policies May Constitute Unfair Labor Practices

At-will disclaimers in employee handbooks may provide protection from contract claims, but a recent decision by a National Labor Relations Board ("NLRB") Administrative Law Judge ("ALJ") serves to remind employers that the...more

State Court Holds Employers Must Protect Trade Secrets From Independent Contractors

A recent Massachusetts Superior Court decision held that employers risk losing trade secrets and confidential information if they do not protect that information from independent contractors. The court held that employers who...more

Having Weighed In On Employers’ Social Media Policies, NLRB Rules On Employee Handbooks

The National Labor Relations Board has recently garnered national attention for its crackdown on social media policies. However, over the last few years, the Board has quietly heightened its scrutiny of company handbook...more

NLRB 2013 Year in Review and 2014 Initiatives

Key labor law developments of 2013 are reviewed here for employers to consider as they look ahead to National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) developments in 2014. Employers should prepare to respond to the NLRB's continued...more

Week in Review - February 6, 2014

As the world prepares this week for the start of the 2014 Winter Olympics, employers are being cautioned to address technology-induced liability. Many Fortune 500 companies have adopted policies banning employees' use of...more

Employee Handbooks (1971 – 2014): R.I.P.

It is time to inter handbooks. Yours is undoubtedly an unfair labor practice waiting to happen: if not your social media policy, then your at-will disclaimer; if not those, then your off-duty access rule or your arbitration...more

Montana Supreme Court Upholds Employers Right to Change Sick Leave Payout Policies

Employees at the Kalispell Regional Medical Center, upon being hired, signed a probationary employment contract that read, "Upon expiration of this Probationary Employment Contract, if the Employer and Employee elect to...more

Are Employment Contracts Always Terminable At the Will of Either Party?

In states where employment is generally considered “at-will,” many employers take it as a foregone conclusion that employment contracts are terminable at the will of either party. But is this conclusion always correct? The...more

Is An “Unlimited” Leave Policy Good Business For You?

A growing number of businesses are considering “unlimited” leave policies for their exempt employees. Unlimited leave policies are excellent recruiting and retention tools that can foster a culture of trust and productivity...more

Bluetooth Headsets Are SO 2000s – Here's What Employees Are Wearing in 2014

We have all experienced that awkward moment where you respond to what you think is a co-worker's attempt at small talk while passing in the hallway or riding in an elevator, only to find out that he or she was actually...more

Same-Gender Marriage Implications for Employee Benefit Plans

In the summer of 2013, the Supreme Court issued a decision in U.S. v. Windsor, striking down a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and eliminating the requirement that federal law recognize only marriages...more

OFCCP Sets Rules to Aid Disabled and Veterans

In August 2013, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) adopted new rules intended to improve job opportunities for protected veterans and persons with disabilities....more

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