Keeping up with Your Handbook

Essential Changes to Make Now and What's Next



  • Tuesday, June 29
  • 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, as business policies have to rapidly change to adapt to operating during a pandemic and in its aftermath. Plus 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. Make sure you don’t accidentally tie your hands on future changes.
  • Vaccinations and masks. Workplaces are forever changed. Make sure your handbook reflects new policies on safety and vaccinations.
  • Civility rules. You may think you’re keeping the peace, but you might be breaking the law.
  • Telework. Why every handbook needs a section outlining telework rules
  • Dress and grooming policies. Why you need to revise hair rules ... And, how to set rules on appropriate attire during Zoom and other virtual meetings.
  • Employee leave. How to tread lightly - and correctly - on this important topic. Plus, updating your FMLA emergency leave and paid sick leave policies to conform with recent federal laws.
  • Sexual harassment. Don’t assume that with more employees teleworking, the problem goes away. You will need new rules for remote meetings including setting up for Zoom, Microsoft Teams and other virtual meetings.
  • Handbook maintenance. When to review, how to update and who should approve. Plus, why you need a temporary handbook supplement and what it should include.
  • Confidentiality rules. Secrets you can require be kept and what you can’t protect, like salary information.

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

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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®.

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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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