Next week, I will be presenting at the Vadnais Heights Economic Development Corporation Business Community Roundtable on the biggest mistakes employers make with employee handbooks.  The VHEDC is a great resource for business owners offering valuable training and resources to help local businesses succeed.

Preparing for the presentation I reviewed the recent legislative changes affecting businesses over the past year, and was surprised at the volume and scope of the changes.  I will be focusing on those new changes and encouraging business owners to review and update their employee handbooks.

The list of new changes is impressive and includes WESA, new implementation requirements for the Affordable Care Act, extension of the Parenting Leave law to 12 weeks, the expansion of the Sick Child Care Leave law to the new Sick or Injured Relative Care Leave law, and same-sex marriage and FMLA leave. I will also be addressing the NLRB’s position that employers cannot ask employees for their personal passwords and the Department of Labor’s enhanced focus on misclassified employees and the potential for overtime liability.

The number one pitfall I will be starting with is not having an employee handbook.  I hope to see you there.