Employee Handbooks Workshop: Create or Revise Your Personnel Policy Manual

Thursday, November 6, 2014
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Michigan Chamber of Commerce, Lansing

$270 Members / $295 Non-Members

Protect your organization from employment litigation and costly legal fees by updating or drafting your employee policy manual. This workshop will guide you through what should and should not be included in your employee manual.

You will then break up into groups to review your own organization’s manual or discuss creating one. In either case, you’ll have the unique opportunity to collaborate with others in the group and benefit from input from an attorney.  Due to the nature of the workshop, space is limited - so register today!

As a bonus, the Michigan Chamber’s 4th edition of the Guide for Employee Handbook Policies is included in the seminar price – normally valued at $149!

Purpose of the Employee Policy Manual

  • Advantages and disadvantages
  • Legal implications
  • Management tool

How to Create & Revise Your Handbook

  • Reflecting actual employment practices
  • Keeping pace with constant changes
    • Business circumstances
    • State and federal laws
  • Modifying current practices

What to Include in Your Handbook

  • Essential topics and policies
  • Legal guidelines
  • Helpful tips and tricks

What NOT to Include in Your Handbook

Small Group Workshops

Don’t forget to bring your employee handbook for the afternoon exercise!

Espert Presenter
Melissa Jackson is a partner in the law firm of Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith. Foster, Swift is ranked among the twenty largest firms in Michigan and has offices in Lansing, Farmington Hills, Holland and Grand Rapids. Melissa is highly experienced in drafting and interpreting policies and procedures; alternative dispute resolution; hiring and termination; diversity; unlawful discrimination and harassment; wrongful discharge; Family Medical Leave Act; drafting and reviewing employment contracts, non-compete agreements, and separation agreements; wage and hour; reductions in force; and unemployment compensation. Melissa’s past experience includes serving as a Human Resources Director for ten years prior to entering law school, which gives her the benefit of an employer’s perspective first-hand. Foster Swift has authored the Chamber’s HR Essentials Guide: From Hiring to-Termination, Guide for Employee Handbook Policies and the Wage & Hour Handbook, and Melissa is a principal author.

This seminar qualifies as six credits (6) toward the Basic or Advanced Human Resource Certification Programs. This seminar also qualifies as four-and-a-half credits (4.5) toward your PHR/SPHR recertification under the guidelines of the Human Resource Certification Institute.