If you don”t have an employee handbook, do you need one? If you do have one, have you avoided pitfalls that could give rise to claims against your company? If written correctly and followed consistently, handbooks can be an effective tool to communicate with and educate employees. Companies may use them to defend against a variety of employee claims, particularly discrimination complaints. Employee handbooks can also expose companies to potential litigation and liability, tie management”s hands, and give rise to morale problems. In this podcast, Susan Sheeran, a partner with Melli Law, S.C., provides a general overview of employee handbooks, including practical tips on how to make your handbook an effective management tool. This podcast is designed to help business executives evaluate and address employee handbook issues. Our March speaker, Sue Sheeran is a partner with Melli Law, S.C. and represents employers in all types of labor and employment law matters. Sue’s experience includes:
- Providing preventative advice on employment issues such as hiring, employee discipline, FMLA, employee benefits, internal investigations, wage and hour issues and OSHA compliance.
- Drafting and enforcing employment contracts and non-compete and confidentiality agreements.
- Defending employers in various proceedings including employee discrimination complaints, unemployment and worker”s compensation claims, OSHA violations and wage and hour claims.
Sue served as a director of the State Bar of Wisconsin”s Labor and Employment Law Section from 2001-2004. Martindale Hubbell law directory gives Sue its highest rating of “AV.” Sue presents employment law seminars to many groups and conducts training sessions for employers on a variety of employment law topics.