A pre-recorded streaming VIDEO replay of the October 2013 webcast, Employment Handbooks in Virginia — What's Essential and What's Not.
Topics covered include:
- Why should employers have employment handbooks?
- What approach should employers take when drafting their handbooks?
- What written policies should be included in all employment handbooks, and which ones should remain unpublished?
- What are some common mistakes employers make when drafting their employment handbooks?
- What are the legal implications of handbook policies, and what employee claims might result?
Today, most Virginia employers distribute written employment handbooks designed to provide their employees information concerning company policies, procedures, and benefits. But more often than not, employment handbooks do not provide the information required, and in other cases they provide far too much. Moreover, many employers don’t realize that these same handbooks often do more than provide information — they serve as critical evidence in litigation between the company and its current and former employees. Accordingly, employers need to understand the potential legal ramifications — and the often unintended consequences — of written pronouncements of company policy.
In this informative session, employment law attorney Michael J. Lorenger will discuss the proper role of employment handbooks and will provide important guidance for what employers should do, and not do, when formulating and publishing written company policies. Among other questions, Mr. Lorenger will address the following: