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How to Update an Employee Handbook for 2017

Author: Beth P. Zoller, XpertHR Legal Editor

Employers should take note as a number of significant legal changes on the federal, state and local level have or will have a substantial impact on workplace policies and employee handbooks. Thus, it is essential for an employer to review, amend and properly update its handbook for 2017* so that it reflects the latest legal requirements and is compliant.

An employer should not only understand what the legal update is and how it affects the workplace, but also how to develop and implement policies and procedures to remain compliant. Further, an employer may also need to update its employee handbook based on internal changes (e.g., benefits, performance management) that are not fueled by legal changes.

This How to includes relevant XpertHR resources to help an employer update its own handbook, including Employee Handbook policy statements. To update an employee handbook for 2017, an employer should take the following steps:

*Note: These legal developments outlined below cover laws passed between January 1, 2016 and October 31, 2016 and laws taking effect on January 1, 2016 through 2018. If a handbook statement is not yet available it is indicated herein. An employer may not wish to include a specific policy reflecting a specific law until its effective date, but should be prepared for the upcoming changes.