Writing Effective Employee Handbooks: The Complete Guide for HR and Managers in 2023-24

On-Demand Schedule

Sat, July 20, 2024 - Sat, July 27, 2024


90  Mins


Basic & Intermediate & Advanced

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  • The impact of employment policies on compliance and legal exposure.
  • The structure and contents of your organization's policy manuals.
  • Common mistakes made in policy manuals.
  • Essential policies your manual should include, and NOT include.
  • Recent, new, and revised policies.
  • Policies requiring special attention.
  • Preparing multi-state policy manuals.
  • Proper language to use to keep you out of trouble.
  • Model policies, and format for policy and procedures.
  • Essential policies in the wake of COVID-19.

Overview of the webinar

An employee handbook or employment policy manual is a powerful tool to communicate your organization’s policies and culture and can help set the tone for the entire employment relationship. It can also form the first line of defense in an employment lawsuit or investigation. If your company doesn’t have a policy manual, or it hasn’t been reviewed in the last year, this webinar takes a deep dive into the most important policies for your handbook and what you’ll want to consider when drafting them.

In this practical webinar, we will discuss best practices for writing policies, procedures, and supporting documentation to help you develop logical and easy-to-understand documents. We will also explore tips for writing proper policies, and traps to be avoided in your policy manuals and assuring that organization-wide policies and practices are uniformly enforced.

Who should attend?

  • HR professionals
  • Managers
  • Supervisors
  • Business owners

Why should you attend?

Employment policies are important documents in any organization. Procedures that are effectively designed and written help both managers and employees increase efficiency and productivity, reduce mistakes and frustration, and save time and money by providing clear guidelines that are easy to find and follow. The policy manual should be reviewed and modified constantly as the workplace and its laws and practices change. Parts of the manual are standard, covering basic rules and legal obligations, but much of the policy is discretionary and tailored to the specific culture of an organization.

Faculty - Dr.Steven G. Meilleur

Steven G. Meilleur, Ph.D., SPHR – is President, and CEO – of PRAXIS Management Solutions, LLC, a New Mexico-based management consulting firm specializing in human resources, employee relations, leadership, training & organizational development, organizational research and assessment, strategic & operational planning, and non-profit organization management and governance. Dr. Meilleur has more than 40 years of management and executive-level experience in human resources, risk management, and organizational management in the private non-profit public, and private for-profit sectors. 

He is also on the faculty of the UNM School of Public Administration in the graduate program, teaching in the areas of human resource management, nonprofit organization management, leadership, dispute resolution, organizational change, and human resource development.  He has spoken at numerous conferences and workshops across the country and is a published author in the areas of human resources, marketing, leadership and management development, organizational change and innovation, non-profit organization management, and board development.

Dr. Meilleur received a BA in English Literature and Education from Bucknell University, an Executive MBA from the University of New Mexico’s Anderson Graduate School of Management, and his Ph.D. in Leadership and Organizational Learning from UNM. He received his certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) from the Society for Human Resource Management in 1995.


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