Model Employee Policies for the 21st Century - Agenda


9 a.m.
Welcome

Kyle Bedford, Director of Events, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce

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
  • Thorough At-Will Language
  • Promises that Jeopardize At-Will Employment
  • Job Duties and Responsibilities
  • NLRB Concerns and Hypotheticals
  • General Conduct Rules
  • Impact of Rules Regarding Conduct Toward Management and Other Employees
  • Solicitation and Distribution Policies
  • Visitors in the Workplace

10:10 a.m.
Basic Employment Policies

Ashby Angell, Associate, Fisher Phillips LLP                                                                   

  • Employee Apparel and Appearance
  • Employment of Relatives
  • Outside Employment
  • Safety-Related Rules
  • Workplace Violence
  • Substance Abuse
  • Termination of Employment and Exit Interviews
  • Personnel Records
  • Employee References

11:10 a.m.
Non-Discrimination/Conduct Policies

Paul Goatley, Associate, Fisher Phillips LLP                                            

  • Equal Employment Opportunity
  • Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Inclusion
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Harassment/Discrimination Based on Race, Color, Religion, Gender, National Origin, Age, Pregnancy, or Disability
  • ADA Accommodations
  • Religious Accommodations
  • Non-Fraternization
  • Consensual Relationship Agreements (“Love Contracts”)
  • Personal Conduct
  • Workplace Discrimination and Harassment Issues During the COVID-19 Pandemic

12:10 p.m.       
Lunch

1 p.m.
Attendance and Time Away from Work Policies 
        
Paul Goatley, Associate, Fisher Phillips LLP                    

  • No-Fault Attendance
  • No Call/No Show
  • Vacation, Personal Days, Sick Days and PTO
  • Medical Leaves of Absence
  • Personal Leaves of Absence
  • FMLA
  • Paid sick leave and expanded FMLA under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act
  • Military Leave
  • Medical Leave of Absence/Dual Employment
  • Inactive Status/Job Abandonment
  • Bereavement Leave
  • Voting Leave
  • Off-Duty Conduct

2:10 p.m.         
Wage and Hour Issues and Policies

Tim Weatherholt, Partner, Fisher Phillips LLP                                  

  • Recent Wage and Hour Updates
  • 5 Common Wage and Hour Mistakes
  • 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
  • Class Actions

3:10 p.m.
Technology, Complaint Procedures and Company Integrity Policies

Stephanie Prewitt, Foundations Human Resources Consulting

  • Internet Usage and E-mail
  • Cell Phone Usage/Texting
  • Recording Devices
  • Bring Your Own Device
  • Social Media
  • Information Security
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Arbitration
  • Business Ethics and Conduct
  • Hiring & Promotions
  • Training & Development
  • Corrective Action  
  • Performance Evaluations
  • Separation (when necessary)

4:10 p.m. 
Closing Comments

Kyle Bedford, Director of Events, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce

4:15 p.m.       
Model Employee Policies for the 21st Century adjourns

 

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