Overview : Since the passage of Title VII, almost every employer has used employee handbooks so that they have a "tool" to tell the EEOC or the court, "we told the employee what to expect and he/she still violated our policy." A number of these handbooks read like contracts, and employers were stunned when some courts found that the company put the handbook out there and must adhere to "its word." Of course, every employer wants its employees to be "at will employees" without contractual obligations to that employee (except in union environments or those employees you want to have a true contract with your company).
If you're not careful in drafting, you may just have made your handbook or company policy contracts. This webinar will assist you in learning how to create and use these useful tools while making sure your employees are truly employed "at will."
Why should you attend: Every employer - large and small - by now knows the importance of employee handbooks and/or written company policies. They are necessary to let your employees know what your company's expectations are. Some handbooks, have gotten employers into trouble. Some handbooks and policies read like a union contract, and courts are not hesitant to call them contracts. Simple disclaimers that your handbooks or policies are often not enough to avoid a contractually binding contract.
As the author of a handbook or policy, any ambiguities will be construed against the employer which may nullify your disclaimers. This webinar will teach you to write your handbooks and policies to avoid contractual obligations but at the same time accomplish your purpose of informing employees of your expectations.
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