California’s Employee Handbook Mid-Year Checkup: Essential Updates, Key Drafting Tips And Enforcement Alerts
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When practicing HR in California, there’s never a dull moment, that’s for sure. Here are just a few examples of the recent developments you (and your employee handbook) need to keep track of:
It’s no easy feat to stay on top of the constantly evolving laws and regulations affecting California workplaces. Still, it’s your responsibility as an HR professional to ensure that your employee handbook reflects changes like these, and that your employees are informed and up-to-date on your company’s policies and expectations.
- At the state level: New regulations issued by the California Fair Employment & Housing Council (FEHC), in effect as of April 1, place certain requirements on company policies barring harassment, discrimination, and retaliation.
- At the local level: A new Santa Monica wage ordinance has an impact on minimum wage and paid sick leave, beginning next year (with other municipalities passing similar legislation).
- At the federal level: The Defend Trade Secrets Act, which President Obama signed into law in May, exposes employers to new notice obligations concerning employees’ whistleblower rights.
Join us for an in-depth webinar when Marc L. Jacuzzi, a skilled California-based employment law attorney, will explain how the latest legal developments affect your employee handbook and the action items you must take to address these changes.
About Your Presenter
- What’s changing in California law, and what you need to make sure your handbook includes now (not six months or a year from now)
- Changes in federal laws and regulations that drive employee handbook updates
- The practical impact the Defend Trade Secrets Act has on your employee handbook and confidentiality agreements
- Handbook components and policies you must include—and some you should at least consider
- The difference between flexible and absolute language in the employee handbook
- Best practices for BYOD (bring your own device) policies covering cell phone and tablet usage
- Your obligation to make personnel records available for inspection and how to update your handbook
- How to update your anti-harassment policies to ensure compliance with new FEHC regulations that went into effect on April 1
- How long you should keep the old version of your employee handbook on file
- Tips for communicating handbook changes
Marc L. Jacuzzi, Esq.
Simpson, Garrity, Innes & Jacuzzi
Marc Jacuzzi, the director attorney in Simpson, Garrity, Innes & Jacuzzi P.C.’s Walnut Creek office, has broad experience in employment law matters. He has represented numerous employers as defendants in civil rights actions (including claims under the ADEA, ADA), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, FEHA, and other state discrimination statutes, wage claims, wrongful termination claims; unfair business practices claims (Section 17200), non-competition claims (Section 16600), contract disputes and various tort claims filed with the EEOC, the DLSE, various other state agencies and in various state and federal courts. Jacuzzi's practice also involves employment law counseling.
Mr. Jacuzzi regularly advises clients regarding all aspects of the employer/employee relationship including hiring and termination issues, wage and hour requirements, employee classification issues, civil rights/discrimination issues, commission plans, employment contracts, employee handbooks and policies, confidential information agreements, reductions in force, leaves of absence issues, employment audits, M&A employment issues, violence in the workplace issues and international employment issues.
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