Creating Employee Handbooks that Protect You and Support the Company's Culture

Schedule Wednesday, May 8, 2024 || 10:00 AM PST | 01:00 PM EST
Duration 60 Mins
Level Basic & Advanced
Webinar ID IQW24C0302

  • Quick history into the evolution of employee handbooks
  • Don’t put your disclaimers before your welcome letter
  • At-will and other disclaimers
  • Hiring and orientation
  • Wage and hour
  • Performance management and discipline
  • Communication policies
  • Benefits
  • Leave Management
  • Discrimination and Harassment
  • Safety
  • Bringing your employee handbook to life

Overview of the webinar

The metoo movement made it very clear that your employee handbook needs to show employees how to behave and what procedures must be followed when they don’t. 

Your handbooks must be legally compliant, and there are clear solutions to getting there. What’s exciting is those handbooks can also play a role in defining company culture! 

Do your employees WANT to read your handbook? Is it interesting? Attractive? Positive? Did they have any role in creating it?
How can you take advantage of graphics, multi-media, and online storage, in creating and sharing your handbook?

In this fast-moving training, attorney, author, and speaker, Don Phin, will take us through the basics of handbook compliance. Don will remind us about the importance of staying compliant with a wide range of laws, including those promulgated by Federal, State, and Municipal governing bodies, along with the myriad of regulations and case laws surrounding the interpretation of those laws. 

Then Don will focus on the opportunities available in creating great employee handbooks. He will discuss how you can focus your handbook on defining and reinforcing your company culture, vision, mission, values, goals, and more.

Finally, he’ll talk about bringing your employee handbook to life and the opportunities that have been created by graphics, media, and the online storage and dissemination of handbooks.

Who should attend?

  • Human Resource Manager
  • Director of Human Resources
  • Human Resources Partner
  • Human Resource Consultant

Why should you attend?

Too many employee handbooks are out of date, focus only on legalities or administrative policies, and are boring at best. Handbooks are not just for compliance and good practices; they can also support your company culture.

Faculty - Mr.Don Phin

Don Phin is a California employment law attorney. He has consulted with hundreds of companies to help improve their employment practices. He has presented over 600 times to CEOs, HR, and other executives on what works in employee relations. Don’s latest book is The 40| |40 Solution: Mastering the Emotional Energy of Leadership and Sales.

Don built HRThatWorks, used by 3,500 companies and sold to ThinkHR in 2014. In addition to consulting and speaking, Don does executive coaching and workplace investigations.

Originally a kid from the Bronx (you may still hear the accent), todayDon lives in sunny Coronado, California.


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