Handbook and Other Essential Documents

There are five documents guaranteed to appear in employment litigation.  One of the most important of those documents is your Employee Handbook.  Check:  when was the last time your handbook was updated?  Employment laws are constantly changing.  For example, Massachusetts Domestic Violence Leave Act became effective in early August.  This statute entitles an employee who is a victim or a “covered family member” of a victim of domestic violence to take up to 15 days of unpaid leave within a 12 month period if the employer has 50 or more employees.  Although the statute does not require you to have a policy in your handbook, there are many reasons why you should consider adding one.  In addition to the new Domestic Violence Leave Law, there are also a number of recent cases from the National Labor Relations Board that could affect your existing policies, regardless of whether or not you have a unionized workforce.   Outdated policies can mean trouble for employers.  In addition, many employers are considering requiring their employees to arbitrate employment-related disputes or to sign non-compete agreements that restrict their activities after separation.  Documents like these need to be carefully drafted to protect your company.

Join us for an important breakfast briefing that will focus on employee handbooks and arbitration and non-compete agreements.  We will touch on some of the recent laws and cases that impact these important documents.  Topics to be covered will include:

  • What to include and what not to include in a handbook
  • When and how outdated handbooks can get you in trouble
  • Policies under attack by the NLRB
  • The new Domestic Violence Leave Act and what you need to know
  • Employment agreements that should be separate from the handbook, including noncompete agreements and arbitration agreements

Attorneys:  Amelia J. Holstrom and John S. Gannon

November 13, 2014
Sheraton Springfield
Boland Way
Springfield, MA  01144

Cost   $25.00
(Please make check payable to:  Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C.)

8:00 am – 8:30 am          Continental Breakfast/Registration

8:30 am – 10:00 am        Program/Questions

To register for the Breakfast Briefing, please contact:
Jamie Martin, Office Administrator:
E-mail:                          JMartin@skoler-abbott.com  or
Tel. #                            (413) 737-4753
Fax: #                           (413) 787-1941

 Mailing Address:
Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C.,
One Monarch Place, Suite 2000,
Springfield, MA  01144

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