Employment Handbooks in Virginia — What's Essential and What's Not (Online Seminar)

MCLE Credits: 1.5
Ethics Credits Included: 0.0

MCLE Credit: 1.5 (Ethics: 0.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 0.0
Price: $105 (Includes a downloadable audio version.)
Viewable Through: 8/31/2016


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  • What written policies should be included in all employment handbooks, and which ones should remain unpublished?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:


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Michael J. Lorenger, Lorenger & Carnell, PLC / Alexandria

 In 2007 Mike Lorenger, together with Susan Harris Carnell, cofounded Lorenger & Carnell, LLP, a small boutique dedicated solely to the representation of employers in employment-related disputes. Before forming this partnership, he joined the Hogan & Hartson Labor & Employment Group in 1997. In the course of his nearly ten years with that group, he represented employers in court and before federal and state agencies in more than twenty-five states, before at least four U.S. federal courts of appeal, and in several state supreme courts.

Although Mr. Lorenger is known for his aggressive defense of his clients in litigation, his clients also appreciate his practical advice, his candid case assessment, and his uncompromising focus on exit strategies when litigation threatens to overwhelm management’s ability to concentrate on the company’s bottom line. For these reasons, he is also regularly retained to help his clients step gingerly through the minefields that surround the most vexing personnel decisions so that company executives can return to running their business rather than spending time inside a courtroom.

Mr. Lorenger graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1991 from the University of Iowa, where he majored in journalism. In 1995, he received his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he served on the editorial and managing boards of the Virginia Law Review.

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