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Avoid These Top HR Mistakes

OnDemand Webinar (62 minutes)

Avoid common HR mistakes and develop effective policies and procedures that efficiently communicate expectations.This course offers practical advice and tools for the tool kit on establishing best practices from day one of the employment lifecycle and throughout the subsequent employer/employee relationship. The employment lifecycle begins with hiring, onboarding, and classifying employees as exempt vs. nonexempt, and when some are required to execute noncompete agreements. It continues through all aspects of the employer/employee relationship up to voluntary or involuntary separation. Actions and events that could ultimately lead to expensive litigation may rear their ugly head throughout the employment relationship. The best way to mitigate the risk of costly employment-related lawsuits and other unwanted developments is to take a proactive, forward-thinking stance and develop effective policies, procedures, and practices that efficiently communicate expectations. The next step would be to document when performance and behavior fall short of those expectations. Ineffective employment standards could lead to unnecessary employee relations headaches, costly human resources turnover, and workplace violence.


Kathleen M. Bonczyk, MBA, Esq., Workplace Violence Prevention Institute


Employee Classification Errors

• Overview of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

• Nonexempt vs. Exempt Status Employees

• Remedies Available to Successful Plaintiff Regarding Misclassification

• Case Study: Misclassification Litigation

Noncompete Agreements

• Overview of Contract Formation and Noncompete Agreements

• How Courts Have Defined Overreaching Covenants in Noncompetes

• Traps to Avoid When Preparing Noncompete Agreements

• Case Study: Noncompete Litigation

To Document or Not to Document, That Is the Question

• The Key Purposes Employee Documentation Serves

• What, When and How to Document Effectively

• Language to Avoid in Employee Documentation

• Case Study: Effective Employee Documentation in Litigation

Effective Employee Handbook Policies and Practices

• Purposes Employee Handbooks Serve

• How Often Should Handbooks Be Updated - and Why?

• Key Policies and Items to Include in an Employee Handbook

• Enforceability of Arbitration Agreements in Employee Handbooks