Updating Employee Handbook Policies in 2021: OSHA Compliance, Privacy, High-Risk Employees, Vaccine Requirements

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

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Conducted on Thursday, August 19, 2021

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This CLE course will address the rapidly changing current employment environment and updating employee handbooks to reflect the developing situation in the workplace. Legal restrictions and concerns at the federal, state, and local levels may affect employers' potential liability and response to needs of social distancing, health monitoring, vaccination requirements, and privacy issues. Counsel should be clear that policies need to be updated and relayed to employees for non-discriminatory enforcement.


The current economic climate and a rapidly evolving legal environment require employers and their counsel to review and update employee handbooks. Employer handbooks should include periodic updates, both temporary and permanent, due to CDC recommendations, evolving laws, and recent court rulings.

An updated handbook will need to address social distancing, health monitoring, and privacy concerns. An employee handbook should also reflect work-from-home provisions and shifting FLMA requirements. Employers with out-of-date handbook provisions may incur liability.

The NLRB has challenged at-will disclaimers, social media policies, ambiguous and misleading language, restrictions on employee communications, and arbitration provisions in employee handbooks. The SEC implemented regulations that effectively discard certain confidentiality and nondisclosure provisions.

With a thorough understanding of the current legal status of employment laws at the state and federal level, employment counsel can help ensure that employee handbooks legally and effectively address difficult workplace issues.

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



  1. Recent developments impacting employee handbooks and policies
    1. CDC recommendations
      1. Social distancing
      2. Vaccines
    2. CARES Act
      1. Health monitoring
      2. Privacy concerns
      3. Work from home
    3. NLRB decisions
  2. Best practices for drafting employee handbooks
  3. Special issues for multistate employers


The panel will review these and other key issues:

  • What are the most common handbook provisions that are needed to comply with current CDC recommendations?
  • What handbook provisions are subject to the most NLRB scrutiny?
  • How can employee handbook provisions be drafted to avoid or void unintended legal liability?


Silva, Dana
Dana M. Silva

Freeman Freeman & Smiley

For over a decade, Ms. Silva has been litigating for her clients and helping them win legal cases in business and...  |  Read More

Tracy, Teresa
Teresa R. (Terri) Tracy

Freeman Freeman & Smiley

Ms. Tracy represents management in all areas of labor and employment law and litigation, including wrongful...  |  Read More

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