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How to Effectively Draft an Employee Handbook in Illinois

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Produced on June 20, 2019

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Course Information

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

Course Description

An employee handbook is an overview of the policies and procedures of a business, and ideally reflects the culture of that business. A handbook  establishes the business' relationship with the employee and is the company's chance to lay a foundation for a positive workplace environment. With ever-changing workplace laws, businesses have a responsibility to protect their employees' rights and stay at the forefront of legal change and development. A good employee handbook outlines what the business expects from its workers and the business's responsibilities to its employees. This program will provide an engaging discussion on how to create an employee handbook that establishes a strong business foundation, maintains a healthy workplace environment, and limits the risk of liability.

This course is taught by Kristen Prinz, the founder and managing partner of The Prinz Law Firm. She is an employment attorney and business counselor who understands that employees are invaluable assets to the companies they work for.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Determine which businesses should have employee handbooks
  2. Identify what policies must be included
  3. Develop policies that will reduce liability
  4. Use policies that will cultivate workplace culture
  5. Apply best practices of employees training on handbook policies

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Kristen E. Prinz

The Prinz Law Firm

Kristen Prinz is an employment lawyerbusiness counselor, and founder of The Prinz Law Firm. She provides  strategic and cost-effective legal and business solutions to business owners, entrepreneurs, and professionals so they can build and realize their potential. 

Ms. Prinz uses her strategic planning experience to protect businesses from liability in recruiting, hiring, onboarding, assessing, and separating from employees. She has helped businesses launch, grow, and thrive by leveraging their employee and business relationships.


Ms. Prinz works closely with clients to ensure that their agreements, contracts, and written policies and procedures reflect the culture of their businesses and limit liability. She also assists businesses in implementing employment practices and training staff.

As a business owner herself, Ms. Prinz understands that employees are an asset with immeasurable value. Realizing that no amount of planning can eliminate all risk, her focus is on counseling clients to minimize risk and maximize growth.

In cases where organization, collaboration, and strategy are not enough, Ms. Prinz employs aggressive litigation tactics in:

  • Contract disputes
  • Wage claims
  • Discrimination claims
  • Retaliation claims
  • Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblower claims
  • Shareholder disputes
  • General employment and business-related claims

She has litigated employment law matters before state and federal courts at the trial and appellate level; administrative agencies including the EEOC, the Illinois Department of Human Rights and the Cook County Human Rights Commission; and numerous arbitration panels.

 She recently served as first chair on a jury trial, obtaining a multi-million dollar verdict for her client on defamation and retaliatory discharge claims. Ms. Prinz’s appellate experience includes helping to advance the law related to non-competition agreements in Illinois by successfully arguing a case before the Third District Appellate Court.


Laura R.

Super informative

Clarence B.

Very Well Done.

Melissa W.

Great seminar. Speaker was interesting and informative.

Robert M.

Very thorough and informative review.

Terrence G.

Excellent program.

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rebecca c.

Appreciated the clarity and practical advice.

Pamela R.

Great instructor; topics relevant and course well organized

Robert K.

she knows her stuff

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