Staying Ahead Of The Litigation Wave With Effective Employee Handbooks

Staying Ahead Of The Litigation Wave With Effective Employee Handbooks

October 28, 2015, 2:00 pm ET
Duration 1.0 hours

A company’s employee handbook can be a powerful tool in setting a corporate culture, and in defending lawsuits and administrative claims - but only if the handbook is up to date, carefully drafted and its contents known to both supervisors and employees.

How often are handbooks discussed by courts in reported opinions and orders?  In just the first eight months of 2015, employee handbooks have been referenced 388 times by state and federal courts throughout the country.  In 2014, employee handbooks were mentioned in at least 837 orders and decisions from all courts. Thus, it’s in a company’s interest to have its handbook in a condition that will withstand judicial scrutiny.

In this webinar, two experienced litigators and business counselors, Chris Cobey and Marissa Dragoo, from Littler Mendelson, the nation’s largest law firm exclusively representing management in labor and employment law, will share their insights on what makes an effective employee handbook.

This webinar will bring you up to speed on employee handbook provisions concerning:

  • At-will employment;
  • Confidentiality of subjects such as employee salaries, internal investigations and working conditions;
  • Social media;
  • Employee expenses;
  • Leaves of absence;
  • County and local ordinances; and
  • Work schedules.

You will also receive suggestions on where to look for assistance in complying with these requirements.

Presented by

Christopher E. Cobey

Christopher E. Cobey

Christopher E. Cobey is knowledge management counsel in the San Jose office of Littler Mendelson, P.C.

Mr. Cobey has handled a broad range of employment and labor matters, including wrongful termination cases, breach of contract disputes, race, gender, age and disability discrimination and harassment lawsuits and wage and hour class actions.

He has extensive litigation experience trying cases to verdict or judgment in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing and the California Department of Labor Standards Enforcement.

Marissa L. Dragoo

Marissa L. Dragoo

Marissa L. Dragoo is an associate in the San Diego office of Littler Mendelson, P.C., a U.S.-based law firm exclusively devoted to representing management in every aspect of labor and employment law.

Ms. Dragoo represents a broad spectrum of employers in federal and state courts, as well as in administrative settings.

Her area of practice focuses on many areas of employment law, including class actions, wage and hour disputes, employee policy and handbook compliance, wrongful termination, and harassment and discrimination claims.

HR professionals and in-house counsel responsible for employment law will learn:

  • What should, can be and should not be in today’s employee handbooks.
  • How to handle employee handbook updates to track state employment laws, and county and local employment ordinances.
  • The most common pitfalls in drafting and updating employee handbooks.