Employee handbooks are important. They tell employees what to expect, managers how to manage, and HR how to deal with all kinds of employee needs and benefits. However, if they are not written or enforced properly, they may also tell plaintiff's attorneys just where your organization is most vulnerable to claims – even class and collective action claims.
Meredith Shoop, a shareholder with the labor and employment law firm of Littler Mendelson, P.C. will discuss the importance of handbooks, what should be included (and excluded) from them, key areas of risk, and the impact of recent legal developments. Attendees will receive practical feedback on the structure and contents of their organization's handbooks as well as important insights into areas of legal exposure.
Topics will include:
- The impact of handbooks on compliance and legal exposure;
- Practical guidance on the structure and contents of your organization's handbooks; and
- Areas of risk related to employee handbook policies, including developing areas such as paid sick leave, marijuana in the workplace, and salary history bans
- Understand where your organization is most at risk;
- Gain insight on recent legal developments affecting the workplace; and
- Receive practical feedback to improve your employee handbook.
Meredith C. Shoop is a shareholder attorney with Littler's Cleveland office, where her practice is devoted to representing and advising businesses on federal, state and local labor and employment laws.
Meredith's experience includes counseling and representing employers on matters before the OFCCP, National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and a host of other workplace regulatory agencies. She places special emphasis on traditional labor law, as well as nondiscrimination and affirmative action requirements.
Although Meredith is a lifelong resident of Northeast Ohio and an unabashed fan of her home city, she has clients across the US in industries spanning manufacturing, healthcare and telecommunications. She also has been a featured guest on the XpertHR podcast series to discuss employee handbook issues.