April 11, 2016
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Last chance to register: Employee Handbook, Insurance and Benefits webinar this Wednesday



AWB has partnered with several law firms to offer a series of employment law webinars. The first webinar was held earlier this month, but employers and HR professionals can still register for the next in the series of six webinars, which takes place this Wednesday, April 13, 10 a.m.-noon. It will focus on the do’s and don’ts of building an employee handbook. These webinars also qualify attendees for continuing education credits.

The Employee Handbook is an essential tool for businesses of all sizes – it provides guidance to employees about workplace expectations, gives managers a means of assessing employee conduct and job performance, and, most importantly, the Employee Handbook is critical to mitigating risk, including litigation risk. The Employee Handbook is indeed the employer’s workhorse for managing employees. This seminar takes a look at crafting an effective employee handbook, policy pitfalls, employee benefit policies, essential policies your handbook should contain, appropriate handbook utilization, and common sense approaches that can help protect your business from liability.

To register or learn more about this webinar and the remaining four in the employment law series, contact Kelli Schueler at 800.521.9325.



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