Human Resources Policies

Employee Handbooks: 2019 Updates


The employee handbook is the document that provides clarity about the nature of employer-employee relationships in an organization. Many organizations tend to overlook its importance, often at their own peril. The employee handbook is a very core tool that provides vital information to employees on what they can and should expect from their employers and offers a means for helping employees fit into the organization in their respective roles.

An employee handbook is also a kind of testament to the organization’s commitment to the employee. It will help them be realistic about their expectations from the organization. All these, however, hold good only when the organization crafts an employee handbook that is pertinent, exact and properly stated.

What happens when any of the critical elements are missing? It leads to a situation where the organization could embroiled in legal hassles. In the absence of clarity in the handbook, the organization presents the employee an opportunity to challenge it legally when she has been subjected to what may constitute unlawful termination. A recent memorandum from the General Counsel of the NLRB puts this in the proper context. To use its own words, incorrectly designed employee handbooks can violate the law and can have a “chilling effect” on employees’ activities.

So, what components does an employee handbook need to have? What aspects do employers need to keep in mind when writing them, and what legal safeguards do employee handbooks need to incorporate into them? All these and more will be explored at a very valuable learning session that is being organized by TrainHR, a leading provider of professional training for the human resources industry, on July 1.

Over the ninety minutes of this webinar, the expert at this webinar, Ronald Adler, the president-CEO of Laurdan Associates, Inc., will get down to explaining the finer elements that need to be kept in mind while creating employee handbooks, which should be written in such a manner both that the employer and the employee are absolutely clear about the legal aspects of the document.

Please visit to register for this session. This webinar has been approved for 1.5 HR (General) recertification credit hours toward aPHR, PHR, PHRca, SPHR, GPHR, PHRi and SPHRi recertification through HR Certification Institute (HRCI).

Viewing this webinar, its entirety qualifies for a recertification credit hour that may be counted toward SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP recertification from SHRM. Credit is awarded based on the actual educational time spent in the program.


Employee handbooks have evolved over the years from being staid documents containing a set of dos and don’ts to facilitating these among other functions:

  • Enhancing the employment brand
  • Playing a key role in recruitment and retention
  • Enhancing employee relations, employee morale, and productivity
  • Contributing to uniform and consistent application, interpretation, and enforcement of organizational policies and rules
  • Protecting the organization against claims of improper employee/supervisor conduct
  • Reducing the organization’s exposure to employment related liabilities

The expert will discuss a whole gamut of issues pertaining to employee handbooks, including giving an explanation of what is new for 2019. He will cover the following areas at this session:

  • Key employee handbook issues in 2019
  • A review of the NLRB’s recent memorandum on employee handbooks
  • How organizations can reduce the gap between policy issuance and effective implementation
  • Review the basics of employee handbook development
  • Discuss the expanding purposes and scope of employee handbooks
  • Learn the dimensions of critical handbook policies
  • Understand the framework of employee handbook audits activities

This webinar is of high value to those who deal with employee-employer relationships, such as HR Professionals, Risk Managers, Internal Auditors, In-house Counsel, CFO’s, CEO’s, Management Consultants, and other individuals who want to learn how to use develop and implement employee handbooks.


About the Expert: Ronald Adler is the president-CEO of Laurdan Associates, Inc., a veteran owned, human resource management consulting firm specializing in HR audits, employment practices liability risk management, HR metrics and benchmarking, strategic HR-business issues and unemployment insurance. He is a co-developer of the Employment-Labor Law Audit (the nation’s leading HR auditing and employment practices liability risk assessment tool.

A certified instructor on employment practices for the CPCU Society, Ronald has conducted continuing education courses for the AICPA, the Institute of Internal Auditors, the Institute of Management Consultants, and the Society for Human Resource Management.


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