Creating Employee Handbooks that Protect You and Support the Company’s Culture
  • CODE : DOPH-0023
  • Duration : 60 Minutes
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Don Phin is a California employment law attorney. Since leaving his litigation practice more than twenty years ago, he has consulted with hundreds of companies to help improve their employment practices. He has presented in person over 600 times to CEOs, HR, and other executives on what works in leadership and employee relations.

Don has written numerous books. The latest book is The 40| |40 Solution: Mastering the Emotional Energy of Leadership and Sales.

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

Streetwise from the Bronx (you can still hear the accent), Don moved to San Diego when he was 20 to work on a Tuna boat and never came back. Today Don lives in sunny Coronado, California.

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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.

Areas Covered

  • 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

Learning Objectives

  • You’ll know what must be in your handbook
  • You’ll know what can be in your handbook
  • You’ll be able to create an employee handbook people may actually want to read
  • You’ll learn how to use video and other tools to bring your handbook to life, and so much more!

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.

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