Drafting Your Employee Handbook is the title of an employment-law seminar I presented to two Delaware employers earlier this week. The materials and PowerPoint slides from the seminar are linked below for your reference. Continue reading
A legally effective anti-harassment policy is an absolute requirement for any employee handbook. There is not a single reason to not have a policy that effectively establishes the organization’s prohibition against harassment and related retaliation. But there are millions of reasons to make sure that your handbook includes such a policy and that the workplace is set to manage a complaint of harassment should it receive one. Continue reading
Drafting Your Employee Handbook is the title of the employment-law seminar I taught last week. I spoke on the topic in downstate Delaware and will be presenting another sold-out session in Wilmington, Delaware, on Thursday. [For those interested, I’ll be posting the materials from the seminar after this week’s session]. Continue reading
When I do employment law training and seminars, I solicit feedback from participants with a questionnaire. One of the questions is what other topics are of the most interest to audience members. Recently, I’ve seen a surge of requests for employment law seminars on How to Create Employee Manuals. Because I aim to please, I’ll be conducting a seminar on the topic in October. But, to hold you over until then, I thought readers might appreciate some posts on specific handbook policies. Continue reading
Delaware busineses, like the rest of the country, have felt the pinch of a slowed economy. Delaware employees are no exception. Secondary employment or moonlighting has become common as a result.
The continually increasing and record-high price of gas has made it difficult for some to make ends meet. The Department of Labor (DOL) reports that the number of workers working two jobs has increased 5% since last year. Some workers have resorted to a second job in an effort to protect themselves from financial devastation. Others want to maintain a certain lifestyle and have taken additional employment to ensure they are able to make nonessential purchases. Despite how commonplace moonlighting may become, the practice has real consequences for employers, especially for the business where the employee works full-time. Continue reading
Don’t know the difference? Residents of Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania sure do. “The Shore” refers to the New Jersey Shore and all of the wonderful towns that it includes. “The Beach,” on the other hand, refers to the Maryland and Delaware Beaches, including Ocean City, Maryland (not to be confused with Ocean City, NJ, of course), Rehobeth, and Lewis, Delaware, to name a few. Continue reading
Delaware businesses must have a written electronic-monitoring policy if they want to monitor phone, e-mail, or computer usage by employees. Delaware law requires employers to get either a signed consent from employees or to have a message conveying the policy that is shown to the employee each time he logs on to the computer. And even in states without such laws, unless you have a written policy that communicated to employees, you stand to risk a privacy claim. The key is to ensure that your employees do not have a “legitimate expectation of privacy” in their use of your electronic systems. Continue reading