The Employee Handbook: What You Should (and Should NOT) Put In Writing

Susan Graham
Jul 23, 2020 - 01:00 PM EST
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The Employee Handbook is a valuable and efficient way for employers to convey their policies, procedures and practices. Likewise, employees find it a useful tool in understanding the organization and their role as an employee. If your organization doesn't already have one, or is utilizing one that is out-of-date, it’s time to get to work to establish a handbook that disseminates information that your employees need to know while reflecting your organizational values. Be careful, however, with what you put in writing! Handbooks can be deemed contractual if you’re not careful about what you include, and more importantly, how it’s worded.

Course Objective

This course will outline the common components of an employee handbook, and discuss how each can be approached and worded so as to mitigate potential legal issues. It will get you started on the road to creating / updating your handbook, and help you avoid the pitfalls that could cost you in the long run. Suggested formatting and policy components will be discussed, along with the handbook’s vital role as a communications tool within your organization.

Course Outline

Review of common employee handbook components
Establishing what you want to say
Non- contractual wording
  • Policies/sections that leave you vulnerable to legal action
  • Policies/sections that protect you from legal action
  • Avoiding common compliance pitfalls
  • Additional policy and information suggestions
  • Incorporating benefits information
  • Distribution to employees

Target Audience

  • Employers and Business owners
  • Human Resources Specialists and managers
  • Anyone with HR responsibility within an organization
Webinar Events
Attend Live Webinar
Jul 23, 2020 - 01:00 PM EST

Duration: 60 Minutes

Single Attendee


Group of 3 to 5 +1 Thumb Drive or 5 online Recorded version


Group of 6 to 10 +1 Thumb Drive or 10 online Recorded version


Training CD-DVD

Physical CD-DVD of recorded session will be despatched after 72 hrs on completion of payment


Recorded video

Recorded video session



Speaker: Susan Graham,

Susan Graham is a Human Resources professional with 30 years of experience in the HR field. After 15 years as an HR Generalist in a large corporate environment in the greater New York City area, she and her family relocated to Vermont, where she gained valuable HR experience with small, privately held organizations. Establishing her own business, Interim HR Advantage, LLC in 2009, she specializes in providing hands-on Human Resources support on a temporary basis, whether it be filling in as an interim HR manager, establishing a new HR department, or bringing an HR function into compliance. Because many of her assignments involve on-site running of a Human Resources function, she is able to stay in touch with the ongoing challenges faced by Human Resources departments and to see first-hand how regulatory changes affect the workplace, a perspective that is often lost in the realm of consulting. In addition, she tackles a variety of HR projects and provides ongoing compliance advising to organizations that are too small to hire dedicated HR staff.


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