Santa Clara County EAC – Employee Handbooks: Key Judgment Calls and Legal Updates

Date / Time
Tuesday, January 25, 2022


When it comes to employment law compliance, there’s no document more important than your employee handbook.  Handbooks address a legion of legal requirements, and they can make or break an employer’s ability to pass due diligence or government audits, defend individual or class action lawsuits, or implement personnel decisions without being under a dark cloud of legal risk. In this webinar, instead of using slides, we’ll review excerpts of a model employee handbook to discuss key compliance requirements, and judgment calls that employers need to make when customizing a handbook to a company.

Topics We Will Cover

  • Equal Employment Opportunity and anti-harassment policy requirements.
  • Whether or not to adopt an introductory period policy.
  • Reference policies.
  • Structuring employee benefits categories.
  • Holiday policies and why we don’t recommend floating holidays.
  • Whether to have a vacation or paid time off policy.
  • Accrued vs. unlimited vacation.
  • Dangers of unlimited paid time off.
  • Sick leave: accrued or lump sum, waiting period, accrual and usage caps, usage increments, complications of allowing vacation to be used as extra sick leave.
  • Substance abuse policies and different types of testing.
  • Leaves of Absence Policies
  • Statutory leaves, including Family and Medical Leave Act, and California Family Rights Act
  • Whether to make vacation, paid time off, and sick time use optional or mandatory during leave.
  • Paid parental leave.
  • Health insurance benefits during a leave.
  • Addressing local law requirements for employees in different locations.

About The Speaker - Ray Hixson

Ray Hixson, is a partner of the law firm Hixson Nagatani LLP.  Hixson Nagatani LLP advises and represents businesses in a wide range of employment law matters. The firm provides advice and counsel on proactive steps that employers should take to ensure compliance and minimize legal risks. The firm also defends employers against actual and threatened employee claims, including claims made in state and federal courts, arbitration, and government agencies.

Mr. Hixson is a seasoned employment law advisor, who has advised hundreds of Silicon Valley technology companies. He is also an experienced litigator who regularly represents employers before state and federal courts, arbitrators, and governmental agencies. Mr. Hixson provides strategic advice to employers on a wide range of employment-related matters including terminations, hiring, investigations, compensation, employment agreements, and personnel policies. His counseling and litigation experience cover a wide variety of employment law matters, including laws dealing with employment discrimination, wage and hour requirements, employee raiding, unfair competition, trade secrets, disability accommodation, leaves of absence, and workforce reductions.

Seminar Date

  • When: Tuesday, January 25th, 2022
  • Time: 8:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.
  • Cost to attend the webinar for non-members is $20. per person
  • No cost for 2022 EAC Santa Clara Co members

Register Here

For more information or to register please contact:
Rachel Rojas at [email protected]

Visit the Santa Clara County EAC website