8 a.m.
Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m.
Welcome and Legislative Update

Ashli Watts, Senior Vice President for Public Affairs, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce

8:50 a.m.
Introduction to Drafting and Maintaining an Excellent Employee Handbook and Case Study of Potential NLRB Issues

Ashby Angell, Associate, Fisher Phillips LLP

  • Handbook Myths
  • Handbook Objectives
  • Handbook Mistakes
  • Implementation
  • Handbook Essentials
  • Job Duties and Responsibilities
  • General Rules and Regulations
  • Enhanced Union-Free Policy
  • No Solicitation/Distribution and Access Policies
  • Visitors in the Workplace
  • Thorough At-Will Language
  • Promises that Jeopardize At-Will Employment
  • Preamble
  • NLRB Hypotheticals

10:10 a.m.
Basic Employment Policies

Ashby Angell, Associate, Fisher Phillips LLP  

  • Outside/Competing Employment
  • Employment of Relatives
  • Employee Apparel
  • Light and Modified Duty
  • Smoking
  • Gun Safety/Workplace Violence
  • Substance Abuse
  • Termination and Exit Interviews
  • Personnel Records
  • Employee References

11:10 a.m.
Wage and Hour Issues and Policies

Tim Weatherholt, Partner, Fisher Phillips LLP

  • Timekeeping Requirements
  • Meals and Rest Periods
  • Training Time
  • Timekeeping Abuse
  • Regulating Off-Duty Use of Texting and Email
  • Exempt/Non-Exempt Status
  • Improper Deductions
  • Nursing Mothers
  • Rounding
  • Overtime
  • Bonuses
  • Pay Day
  • Compensation Adjustments
  • Garnishments
  • Benefits
  • 10 Common Wage and Hour Mistakes

12:10 p.m.  
Lunch (provided)

1:10 p.m.
Non-Discrimination/Conduct Policies

Paul Goatley, Associate, Fisher Phillips

  • Equal Employment Opportunity
  • Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Inclusion
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Harassment Based on Race, Color, Religion, Gender, National Origin, Age or Disability
  • ADA Accommodation
  • Religious Accommodations
  • Non-Fraternization
  • Consensual Relationship Agreements (“Love Contracts”)
  • Personal Conduct
  • New Kentucky Pregnancy Act

2:30 p.m.      
Attendance and Time Away from Work Policies     
Paul Goatley, Associate, Fisher Phillips            

  • No-Fault Attendance
  • No Call/No Show
  • Vacation, Personal Days, Sick Days and PTO
  • Medical Leaves of Absence
  • Personal Leaves of Absence
  • FMLA
  • Military Leave
  • Kentucky Family Military Leave
  • Medical Leave of Absence/Dual Employment
  • Inactive Status/Job Abandonment
  • Bereavement Leave

3:30 p.m.
Employment Policies for the 21st Century

Stephanie Prewitt, Executive Director and Co-Founder, Foundations Human Resources Consulting
Cathy Mills, Senior Consultant, Foundations Human Resources Consulting

  • The importance of developing new policies to help employers tackle issues they may be facing within their workforce.
  • Do they currently have a process for developing new policies? What type of development processes are available? What do employers need to think about?
  • Do specific policies need procedures to go along with them?   
  • How do employers review and revise existing policies and how often? Do they currently have a solid review process? What pitfalls should employers avoid?   
  • Duplicative policies
  • Inconsistent content
  • Gaps in what policies cover and what they do not
  • Policy structure – are existing policies too long, daunting, and even intimidating?
  • What is the process for communicating the policies employers work so hard to create, revise and maintain?
  • What do employees want in terms of communication methods? What challenges do they encounter when trying to access policies?
  • In most organizations, using electronic communications is the way to reach employees
  • Empowerment to employees  
  • Easier to maintain and control
  • Integrate with other pre-existing systems
  • 24/7 access

4:30 p.m.         
Model Employee Policies for the 21st Century adjourns


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