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Telebriefs®: Employee Handbooks – Why Employees Need to Sign Acknowledgement Forms

It is no secret that Employee Handbooks are vital to organizations and should be updated regularly to reflect new workplace policies and procedures. However, employers should take note that newly hired employees need to sign an acknowledgment form upon receiving their new employer’s Employee Handbook. Acknowledgment forms provide a valuable receipt confirming that the new or incumbent employee has received such Handbook/revised policies and has had ample opportunities to seek clarification of any particular policy or policies. Subsequently, employers can refer back to this receipt when disciplining or terminating an employee for violating a particular policy in the Handbook. The signed form should be in writing and included as a separate document in the employee’s personnel file. To learn more about the importance of acknowledgement forms, listen to this week’s Telebrief here.

Also in this week’s Telebrief: New York City approves a law to prohibit employers who do business in NYC from asking job applicants about prior salary and benefits history.




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About the Telebriefs®

The Telebriefs® are 30-minute, information-packed phone calls geared towards executives, HR directors, supervisors, managers, and business owners. Join Howard K. Kurman, as he discusses employment law developments occurring over the past two weeks that will most significantly impact employers nationwide. These twice-monthly phone calls are an easy way to stay current and compliant with the latest employment law developments that will significantly affect you and your company. The goal is to provide information and insights to help executives stay current with the latest workplace law developments and in front of trends, to enable proactive policy-making and management. Our guarantee: You will learn something useful, on every call!

About the Presenter

Howard Kurman Casual-SmallHoward K. Kurman is an employment attorney. Mr. Kurman regularly counsels clients on all aspects of proactive employment/labor issues. He represents employers ranging in size from as small as 20 employees to those employers with geographically disparate locations consisting of over 4,000 employees. Mr. Kurman assures, through regular contact with his clients, that they promulgate and maintain the most effective employment policies that will, to the extent possible, minimize their legal exposure in today’s litigious workplace. Mr. Kurman offers advice on employee handbooks, employment agreements, and covenants not to compete as well as confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements. Previously, Mr. Kurman was the chair of the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice Group.

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