2017 California Employee Handbook Updates: Policy Revisions To Make On Pay, Smoking, Background Checks, Paid Leave, And More

Webinar: ID# 1023551
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About This Course:
Even though California is an “at will” state—meaning employers may terminate an employee for any reason except where there’s a contract or another binding agreement—your employee handbook must be crafted carefully to ensure that employers aren’t inadvertently creating an implied contract. And it needs to be regularly reviewed and updated, at least once a year.

New amendments to the California Equal Pay Act and a newly amended state paid sick leave law are just a couple of reasons you need to pay particularly close attention to your employee handbook for 2017.

Join us for a review of the many changes California workplaces will face and get comprehensive legal insights from experienced employment attorneys into what to include (and what not to include) in your employee handbook for the upcoming year.

Learning Objectives:
  • Craft an employee handbook that covers the policies you need to share
  • Make changes in last year’s handbook that align with new and coming state and federal regulations for 2017
  • Update your employee handbook to ensure you’re in compliance with the latest state-based developments concerning:
  • non-smoking policies
  • fair compensation in light of the newly amended Equal Pay Act
  • confidentiality and non-disclosure of wages
  • new requirements to provide employees with notice of leave for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking
  • paid family leave benefits policy under new scheduled changes
  • California’s amended paid sick leave law (and any applicable local ordinances)
  • background checks and applicants’ juvenile convictions
  • Avoid including statements that can be interpreted in legally risky ways
  • Recognize what to include in your handbook, including a disclaimer to ensure the handbook may be changed at any time
  • Include correct language to protect you legally, including an integrated at-will agreement
  • Evaluate which policies you should always include—no matter how obvious they appear to be
About Your Presenters:

Mark Schickman, Esq.
Freeland, Cooper, and Foreman, LLP

Mark Schickman received his Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctorate degrees from Columbia University, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and the recipient of Columbia’s Whitney North Seymour Medal for Distinguished Trial Advocacy. He has held numerous elected bar positions, including service as President of the Bar Association of San Francisco, and Governor of the State Bar of California. He is the immediate past chair of California’s Judicial Nominees Evaluation Commission. For the past 30 years, Mr. Schickman has concentrated on employment and labor law, litigating every type of employment matter and providing advice in avoiding liability for discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, union related charges and all other aspects of the employment relationship. He is a member of the American Arbitration Association’s select panel of employment arbitrators, a member of the Board of Governors of the American Bar Association and is the Editor of the California Employment Law Letter.

Cathleen S. Yonahara, Esq.
Freeland, Cooper, and Foreman, LLP

Cathleen Yonahara received her law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of Law in 1999. She concentrates her practice on labor and employment law, including Title VII, FEHA, ADA, ADEA, FMLA, CFRA, and the California Labor Code. Ms. Yonahara has represented clients before federal and state courts, the EEOC, the DFEH, the California Labor Commissioner and other government agencies. Her employment litigation practice includes claims of discrimination, harassment, failure to accommodate, retaliation, wrongful termination, unfair competition, wage and hour violations, and breach of contract. Ms. Yonahara’s practice also includes counseling clients on all aspects of the employment relationship from hiring to termination. She is an experienced speaker on labor and employment law matters, such as complying with California employment laws, preventing sexual harassment, legally managing leaves of absences, and wage and hour compliance. Ms. Yonahara is also the Assistant Editor of the California Employment Law Letter.
2017 California Employee Handbook Updates: Policy Revisions To Make On Pay, Smoking, Background Checks, Paid Leave, And More
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