Keeping up with Your Handbook

Essential Changes to Make Now and What's Next



  • Friday, February 28
  • 1:00 ET
  • 10:00 PT
Employment Law Updates

Master and maintain the #1 people management tool.

Whether your employee handbook is homegrown or crafted by experts, it’s critical you update it on a regular basis. Especially now, when so many topics like social media, grooming, harassment and paid leave continue to make headlines, typically at the employer’s expense.

Make quick work of reviewing and updating your handbook with our interactive workshop, Keeping Up with Your Handbook. In this 75-minute online training session, you’ll learn the crucial changes to make now, what lies ahead and the top handbook mistakes to avoid.

Build an employee handbook that's clear, concise and legally sound. Employment lawyer Anniken Davenport will provide guidance on these important handbook topics:

  • Templated handbooks. Why you still have to customize them to stay out of court.
  • Contract language. The Department of Labor has issued final regulations that amount to a complete rewrite of the federal overtime rules. What's the timeline … and what surprises does the plan include?
  • Sexual harassment. How does the increased scrutiny translate into new training and monitoring requirements by Congress, states and the EEOC? Learn why you need a contingency plan before it happens.
  • Civility rules. You may think you’re keeping the peace, but you might be breaking the law.
  • Dress and grooming policies. What factors to consider, including race, ethnicity and religion.
  • Confidentiality rules. Secrets you can require be kept and what you can’t protect, like salary information.
  • Employee leave. How to tread lightly - and correctly - on this important topic.
  • Handbook maintenance. When to review, how to update and who should approve.

Your host, Anniken Davenport, has literally written the book on handbooks.

Anniken Davenport is a noted employment law attorney and the editor of the HR Specialist: Employment Law newsletter series. She has authored several books, including Bullet-Proof Your Employee Handbook and Overtime & Other Tricky Pay Issues, published by HR Specialist. She is the co-author of the upcoming Labor & Employment Law for the 21st Century by Prentice Hall. Anniken has served as a professor at Penn State University, where she taught business law and HR management, and she directed the Legal Studies Program at Wilson College. Her legal career includes representing government units in discrimination and other employment law cases and representing school districts in labor negotiations.

What's Included

Sign up for Keeping Up with Your Handbook today, and you'll receive:

Bullet-Proof Your Employee Handbook

Our best-selling book that shows you how to fix the 10 errors that lurk in almost every handbook, so you can safeguard your organization against devastating litigation. Priced at $59.95, its true value is beyond calculation. And this download is yours – IF you register today.

Handbook Cheat Sheet: How to Customize Template Handbooks

There's nothing wrong with using a handbook template - as long as you customize it to fit your organization. Follow the tips found in this employee handbook cheat sheet to avoid the legal hazards that come from an off-the-shelf handbook.


The use of this official seal confirms that this Activity has met HR Certification Institute’s® (HRCI®) criteria for recertification credit pre-approval.

This program is valid for 1.25 PDCs for the SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®.

We promise you'll be satisfied.

If Keeping Up with Your Handbook fails to meet your needs in any way, we will refund 100% of your tuition – every penny you paid – but your course materials, registration bonuses and members-only website access will be yours to keep. No hassles, no questions asked.

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