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Employment law is complicated and constantly evolving. How can you keep track of these ever-changing laws and keep the Department of Labor away from your organization? We can help. We have practical and easy-to-understand resources to help you comply with the many HR challenges and employment regulations you face daily. These comprehensive resources are based upon research of over 50 staff attorneys and over 75 years of experience.
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Our Employment Law Resources
- Employee Handbook Planning Guide
The Employee Handbook Planning Guide provides sample policies with legal and administrative analysis. This resource allows you to review issues raised when initally developing or revising a handbook, peruse sample handbook clauses for numerous areas that might potentially be covered in a handbook, and understand the common legal and administrative considerations an empoyers needs to review when developing an handbook policy.
Employment law white papers (FYIs), LAWs and links
Our FYIs are practical white papers explaining employment law or HR topics. The law documents ar copies of the actual law. Related links are outside sites with helpful information on the topic. These materials are provided to help memmbers understand how to apply the law to a variety of circumstances and how to approach common HR challenges. The FYIs, LAW documents, and related links are updated as needed in response to changes in employment law and HR practices.
Employment Law Resource Guide: Blue Book
The Employers Council Employment Law Guide, also known as the Blue Book serves as an aid when making employment decisions. The Blue Book is organized around functions regularly performed by human resources professionals. It begins with hiring, moves through management practices to compensation, then to benefits and leaves of absence. Successive chapters cover the issues of discrimination, accommodatig employees with disabilities, workplace safety, protected activities, and issues surrounding termination.
Included in each chapter are compliance strategies, intended as tips and proactive steps for managing personnel systems and issues. A state law addendum for Arizona, Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming is provided at the end of the Blue Book, and you will see links to it throughout the chapters. This addendum follows the outline of the Blue Book and highlights areas where state law differs from federal law.
- Health Care Reform Learning Zone
On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed into law landmark health care reform legislation called the Patient Protections and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). The PPACA was amended a week later by the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010. These laws are collectively referred to as either the "ACA" or "health care reform."
The Health Care Reform Learning Zone provides easy access to an interactive portal which guides users throug the many administrative details and requirements of health care reform. These requirements, which vary by type and size of member, began going into effect in 2010 and will continue into 2018. Much regulatory guidance is available and more is coming. This Learning Zone will be updated periodically in an attempt to provide access to guidance in a timely manner. Checking back frequently will help keep members up to date on the evolution of health care reform.
- Federal Recordkeeping Retention Guide
The Federal Record Retention Guide provides information about the records an employer may be required to maintain. It details the time frames required, and the correct statute or regulation.
- Toolkits and checklists
We have over 30 toolkits and checklists to take your organization to the next level. All areas of the employee lifecycle are covered here, from hiring to termination.
CCHAnswersNow contains in-depth analysis of HR, employment law, and benefits issues, many sample policies and forms, state law information for all 50 states, and more. The Job Description Creator help you create not only job descriptions, but also job postings and interview questions. You may also find the Performance Review Designer a helpful component of this tool.
How do Employers Council attorneys help me on routine matters?
Employers Council attorneys are similar to in-house counsel. They provide advice and practical policy and practice tips so employers will not be sued by their employees in the first place.
How do Employers Council attorneys help when employees have either filed charges or sued the employer?
Most employment law matters first go through an administrative process, and Empoyers Council handles matters at the administrative level. Our attorneys handle unemployment hearings, civil rights charges, wage and hour and FMLA investigations.
When are legal matters most likely to arise in the employment life cycle?
Most legal issues come up during significant employment interactions, such as terminations, demotions, or negative performance reviews. When employees leave, behavior or practices that were tolerated during the employment relationship may be grounds for legal complaints. Issues may also arise over pay and benefits, especially when there is a negative change in these items.
What are the most common employment law issues?
Legal issues typically arise in these areas: pay, benefits, job-protected leave, discrimination, accommodatin, workers compensation, safety, and unemployment insurance.
Which of the common legal issues does Employers Council assist with?
Employers Council assists with legal matters that impact the employment relationship.