Employee Handbooks

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Q:  We like to give our employee handbook a quick review at the beginning of each year, do you recommend any particular additions or updates?

February 16, 2018


New workplace laws on minimum wage, paid sick leave, criminal background investigations and more are popping up all the time—and they don't always take effect at the beginning of a new year. HR professionals need to communicate these changes with their workforce as the laws become effective, but how often should you revise your employee handbook? Employment attorneys told SHRM Online that the answer depends on a few factors.

June 5, 2017



Federal and state legal developments over the last year brought a lot of changes that impact workplace policies and procedures, making it critical for companies to review their handbooks for compliance. 

"2016 was the busiest year I can recall in this regard," said Elaine Diedrich, an attorney with Littler in Pittsburgh.

June 2, 2017


In today’s workplace, it is not enough to have an employee handbook in name only, but it must be one that employees have read, digested and received training on.  Now is the perfect time to take your employee handbook off the shelf, drag it into the kitchen and add a little spice to it.

Here are some ways:

January 26, 2017

On August 5, @shrmnextchat chatted with Allan Weitzman (@Allan_Weitzman) of Proskauer Rose LLP about "Employee Handbooks-Every Word Counts."

In case you missed this informative chat, you can read all the great tweets here: 


August 5, 2015


An employee handbook is essential for the well-being of every organization. It communicates the employer’s mission, vision and culture, as well as information on rules, policies and benefits. It also contains information on state and federal employment laws. 

When well-constructed, employee handbooks help employers build trusting relationships with workers, avoid conflicts and ensure fair treatment in the workplace. When poorly written, they can create a nightmare of situations for HR, ranging from hostile work environments to lawsuits. 

August 3, 2015

We’re now in the home stretch of my tips for harassment policies and complaint procedures. (It’s not exactly like America Pharoah’s “home stretch” run for the Triple Crown – but close!)

“Pregnancy” as a Protected Characteristic

My first tip creates a very cathartic experience because it forces me to admit that nobody’s perfect, including me.  In my case, the “no-harm/no-foul” rule saved me.  But, there was once a client who wasn’t as lucky.

June 23, 2015

Because the Faragher affirmative defense to illegal harassment grew out of the seeds we planted in my amicus brief for SHRM in the United States Supreme Court, I treat harassment policies and their complaint procedures with extra tender love and care.  If the Human Resource Professional is going to be the gardener who prevents internal harassment complaints from growing into lawsuit weeds, every word in the policy must be chosen with the knowledge that it will be placed under a microscope by your employees, your employees’ a

May 27, 2015


Complaint Procedure (With More “Fixes” to Come)

On June 29 – for the twenty-first straight year - - I will have the pleasure to share my expertise on handbooks at SHRM’s 2015 Annual Conference.  Over the years, approximately 10,000 SHRM members have walked away with a new way of looking at their handbooks: “every word counts.”

May 12, 2015