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Foundations of Employee Handbooks

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Produced on September 26, 2019

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Course Information

Time 1h 1m
Difficulty Beginner
Topics covered in this course: Labor & Employment

Course Description

A skillfully drafted employee handbook can become an indispensable tool for mitigating risk and achieving a first class workplace culture. The benefits of implementing and maintaining an employee handbook are numerous. Beyond describing an employer’s policies and procedures, an employee handbook can clarify employee expectations, demonstrate compliance with applicable legal requirements, and reduce an employer’s overall legal exposure.

In this course, Tannenbaum Helpern employment attorney and partner, Jason B. Klimpl, will discuss the key components of any employee handbook, legally required and recommended policies, drafting considerations for preparing and maintaining an employee handbook, and other best practices.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Establish why an employee handbook is important, and the purposes an employee handbook should and should not serve
  2. Address crucial laws, policies, and disclaimers every employee handbook should contain
  3. Recognize red flags when reviewing an employee handbook, such as references to a “probationary” or “introductory” period or progressive discipline policies
  4. Identify best practices for creating and maintaining an employee handbook

Credit Information

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Jason B. Klimpl

Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt LLP

Jason is a partner in the Employment Law Group of Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt LLP. In this capacity, he advises clients on a broad range of employment law matters, such as wage and hour compliance; healthcare; equal opportunity actions and policies; employment agreements and restrictive covenants; independent contractor and consulting issues, reductions in force; technology and privacy concerns; and other human resources counseling.

Jason is also the Associate General Counsel of the New York Staffing Association, and is heavily involved in legal and legislative efforts to support the staffing industry.

Jason has written numerous employment law articles and is a contributing faculty member of both Lawline and the National Academy of Continuing Legal Education. Jason is also a member of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce’s Speakers Bureau and Help Desk.

Awarded Martindale-Hubbell “Preeminent” peer review rating.

Named 2013 -2019 New York Super Lawyer (Rising Star).

Finally, the New York Enterprise Report named Jason the winner of the 2012 Best Attorneys and Accountants “Rising Star Attorney” category.


Edward S.

Definitely brought my understanding "up to snuff"

Gregory M.

Excellent presenter

Terri A.

Excellent presenter

Sarah M.

Excellent class for anyone--particularly employers and their dang HR departments!

John S.

Great. I listened to it twice

Lorenzo L.

The instructor presented the material in a straight forward and effective manner.

Kyle S.

Excellent tutorial on construction of an EE handbook. Definitely a 1.5 course given presenter's content. Good structure and content.

Brian F.

Enjoyed the presentation - well done and quick pace.

Melissa A.

Speaker was authoritative and insightful. Well done.

Edythe N.

Great basic refresher

Matthew M.

Good overview.

Susan M.


David R.

An outstanding presenter. Very useful information.

James A.

Very clear and well-organized. Substantive yet enjoyable.

Nichon S.

Great information. I've been asked to write a handbook so this was right on time.

June C.

An excellent presentation! Thank you.

Patricia L.

One of the best that I've ever seen!

Glenn C.

One of the most useful CLE seminars I've ever taken. The whole hour was packed with useful information. Please convey my sincere thanks to the presenter!

Mary H.

Great presenter - clear. Very interesting material he chose to cover for this topic.

Sarah S.

very interesting!

Candice M.

Good course!

Bruce C.

Excellent program for general practitioner as an introduction to this area. Well done. Thank you.

Peter V.

Good job...kept my attention throughout.

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