1. Multi-State Employers: Drafting Employee Handbooks Compliant in All States

Multi-State Employers: Drafting Employee Handbooks Compliant in All States

Multi-State Employers: Drafting Employee Handbooks Compliant in All States
Event ID: 18320
Recording: 15413

Duration: 90 minutes including question and answer session.
Presenter(s): Melissa Fleischer, attorney at law, president and founder, HR Learning Center LLC
Price: $299.00, On-Demand includes full audio presentation, question and answer session, and presentation slides.
CE Credits: This program has been approved for 1.5 general recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR, and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute. This program is valid for 1.5 PDCs for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP.
Who Should Attend? HR, managers, supervisors, training, in-house counsel, financial officers, CEOs

Understanding what an employee handbook must include is tough enough. However, if you are a multi-state employer with business operations in more than one state, it is even more complicated. There are a multitude of laws that vary state by state with which an organization must comply, even if the employer only has one employee working remotely in that state. Some localities even have their own requirements that differ from those of the state. Failure to know about or abide by these varied requirements can put an organization at legal peril.

One of the causes for concern when drafting a multi-state handbook is that employers must comply with both federal and state laws concerning workplace employment practices such as wage and hour laws, no-smoking laws, FMLA, harassment, minimum wage, overtime, and many other areas. Therefore what may be legal in one state can create legal havoc for you in another state. That is why it is so important to understand how to properly draft an employee handbook that will protect an organization in every state in which they operate.

Please join Melissa Fleischer as she highlights the most common legal pitfalls that an employer will face when drafting a multi-state employee handbook.


Some of the important topics to be covered include:

  • Which policies are most important to have in an employee handbook
  • Top policies that can cause major problems for multi-state employers
  • How to protect an organization with necessary disclaimers to include in an employee handbook
  • Drafting a handbook that contains legal protections but is also compliant in all jurisdictions
  • Understanding how different state laws can lead to discrimination claims
  • The need to include and ensure compliance with state laws for employees who work remotely
  • Top legal perils related to specific state FMLA and leave-of-absence laws
  • Paid sick leave laws - creating policies to ensure compliance in all jurisdictions


Your conference leader for “Multi-State Employers: Drafting Employee Handbooks Compliant in All States” is Melissa Fleischer, attorney at law. Ms. Fleischer is a management-side employment attorney with 20 years of experience representing clients in employment law discrimination litigation as well as providing preventive counseling and training on workplace issues. HR Learning Center, LLC offers training seminars, webinars, and consulting on a wide range of workplace and human resources issues. She is also a frequent speaker on a wide range of employment law topics including: workplace investigations, anti-harassment training, FMLA and ADA training, workplace violence prevention, etc. Ms. Fleischer earned her J.D. degree from The George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C., and her B.A., cum laude, from New York University.


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