Employee Handbook Best Practices in 2023 and Beyond: Recent Rulings, Laws, and Enforcement Trends

Social Media Policies, Leave Updates, Whistleblower Protections, Arbitration Provisions, and Other Recent Developments

Recording of a 90-minute CLE video webinar with Q&A

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Conducted on Wednesday, February 15, 2023

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This CLE webinar will guide employment counsel on drafting or revising an employee handbook. Many topics contained in employee handbooks--such as sick and other leave issues, discrimination, sexual harassment, arbitration, technology and social media, privacy, and whistleblower/retaliation protection--have been the subject of recent legal, regulatory, and judicial developments, as well as the need to account for changes due to shifting hybrid or fully remote work arrangements. Failure to take these and other recent changes into account can expose a company to liability.


Employment law is continually changing, so employers (and their counsel) must regularly review and update employee handbooks, particularly considering the current DEI landscape and the continuing expansion of employees working from home. An employer is not protected by handbook provisions that courts have struck down and regulators have nullified. This webinar will discuss recent developments of which every lawyer responsible for handbooks should be aware because failing to update an employee handbook is a missed opportunity for a myriad of reasons.

Regulators have been exercising heightened diligence concerning long-used handbook provisions. The NLRB has challenged at-will disclaimers, social media policies, abusive electronic monitoring, ambiguous and misleading language, restrictions on employee communications, and arbitration provisions in employee handbooks. The SEC has implemented regulations that, in effect, discard certain confidentiality and nondisclosure provisions.

With a thorough understanding of the latest legal developments impacting employee handbooks, along with careful and strategic drafting, employment counsel can help ensure that employee handbooks legally and effectively address complex and evolving workplace issues.

Employers must also consider all the intersecting leave issues related to state and federal regulations and address the need to clarify the policies and requirements for use.

Listen as our authoritative panel of employment attorneys provides legal and practical guidance for employment counsel to structure employee handbooks--including multistate, nationwide, and global handbooks--that minimize liability risks for the employer based on the current climate.



  1. Recent developments impacting employee handbooks and policies
  2. Best practices for drafting employee handbooks
  3. Special issues for multistate, nationwide, and global employers


The panel will review these and other key issues:

  • What are the most common handbook provisions being challenged by employees and the NLRB?
  • What types of prohibitions on employee communications in employee handbooks run afoul of the NLRA?
  • How can employee handbook provisions be drafted to avoid or void unintended legal liability?


Chase-Sosnoff, Emily
Emily Chase-Sosnoff


Ms. Chase-Sosnoff focuses her legal practice on providing counsel and representation to management clients in matters...  |  Read More

Turner, Sarah
Sarah N. Turner

Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani

Ms. Turner's litigation experience includes defending employers in wrongful discharge, discrimination, harassment,...  |  Read More

Walker, Renate
Renate M. Walker

Seyfarth Shaw

Clients look to Ms. Walker for practical guidance to implement effective strategies and resolve the legal and...  |  Read More

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