Employee Handbooks for 2021: Crucial Updates & COVID-19 Essentials
You’ve always done your best to keep your employee handbooks and policies up to date.
And then the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic hit.
On the fly, you had to quickly adapt to telework operations, remote recruiting and hiring, ongoing management and discipline issues, leave benefits; and more.
As if that wasn’t enough, you had to help draft policies for maintaining a safe workplace environment during a global pandemic, as well as craft and communicate return to work plans - all despite often confusing and conflicting government directives.
It’s no surprise that many handbooks didn’t have policies already in place covering the multiple issues arising out of this unprecedented event.
How can you be sure your current handbook or policies are as comprehensive, up-to-date and compliant as possible? How can you know with confidence that nothing’s been missed?
You’re invited to a 60-minute online workshop where you’ll get definitive answers on what should be revised in, included in – or left out of – employee handbooks going into 2021. Get up to speed on significant changes to laws, regulations and court cases that arose out of the pandemic - and what they mean for your handbook and policies, including:
- A comprehensive review of important handbook policies you need to add or reword
- Ensuring appropriate social distancing and other workplace behaviors policies
- Temperature checks and medical testing - protecting employee rights under the ADA and medical records privacy
- Recognizing and mitigating any deficiencies in leave policies, wage and hour policies, and more.
Essential Changes and Updates for Your 2021 Employee Handbook
- Consider specific wording that should be used or avoided in your policies and handbook
- Ensuring that important changes to FMLA, FLSA and OSHA in a post-pandemic world are reflected in your handbook
- Changes that need to be made to wage and hour policies in the wake of the pandemic
- Updating handbook references to state or city paid leave laws
- Why anti-violence and anti-bullying policies need to be part of your handbook
- Adding LGBQ categories as protected classes in EEO and anti-harassment policies as a result of Bostock vs Clayton County, Georgia
- Two new elements you should add to your progressive discipline policies
- The current state of policies regarding concealed weapons in the workplace
Policies and Procedures to Protect Against Litigation and Lawsuits
- Specific policies that need to be drafted or updated to meet OSHA and CDC related mandates and guidance
- Best practices for drafting telework policies - and amendments you should make
- Necessary job description revisions post COVID-19
- Temperature checks and medical testing - protecting employee rights under the ADA
- Furloughing employees versus layoffs - how they differ and what you need to know when it comes to policies
- Avoid violating Ban the Box/Fair Chance Laws
- Understand the changing nature of racial, national origin, and sexual harassment training
- Dual employment – where the NLRB stands now
- What to do if your state has or passes a salary ban law
About the Speaker
Max Muller has been an expert in business strategy and law for over 40 years. From consulting to training, he’s a go-to resource for workplace legalities, such as, equal employment opportunity, sexual harassment, FMLA, ADA, COBRA, FLSA, ADEA, etc., as well as business strategy and HR practicesMax has shared his knowledge and expertise with over 100,000 people worldwide through workshops like this one, or through his books, including the popular SHRM/HarperCollins Leadership book: The Manager’s Guide to HR: Hiring, Firing, Performance Evaluations, Documentation, Benefits, and Everything Else You Need to Know. Second edition.
After attending this workshop you’ll know what changes are needed in your employee handbook and workplace policies to make them as current and complaint as possible, plus changes in specific words or phrases that may help your organization protect against litigation.
If you'd like this program customized for your organization, call us at 1-800-964-6033. We're certain we can fulfill your training needs, while making it fit in your budget!