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GMVHRA - 2016-01-13 - "Employee Handbooks: Legal Compliance and Best Practices"

  • 13 Jan 2016
  • 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
  • NECC Riverwalk - 360 Merrimack St., Bldg 9, Lawrence, MA - ENTRANCE: K - 3rd Floor


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Wednesday, January 13, 2016:



TOPIC: "Employee Handbooks: Legal Compliance and Best Practices"


  Approved for 1.25 general HRCI & SHRM credits.

Recent developments in state laws, as well as regulatory initiatives at the federal level, have many employers reviewing their handbooks for legal compliance as well as best practices.    This program will discuss considerations for the modern handbook in the context of today’s workforce and technology. Trust is a key component to building a better workplace culture. Yet, many times human resource policies are redundant, inconsistent, outdated and may cause distrust between employees and company leaders.


Among other things, this program will discuss considerations about who employers may use to prepare a handbook, best practices for policies, and company culture.  Whether updating a handbook or adopting a new handbook, employers need to consider the pros and cons of the cheaper “one size fits most” handbooks sold by payroll and other vendors, versus custom designed legally compliant handbooks suited to your workplace and reflecting the culture that the employer wishes to promote.

A legally compliant handbook is a must, but there is a large degree of discretion for best practice considerations within the employer’s culture that need to be considered when preparing this important statement about the employer’s mission, values, and workplace expectations for and of employees. 


This program will provide practical tips for drafting an Employee Handbook, provide a legal update based on new laws, and discuss recent trends in NLRB enforcement and litigation related to Social Media and other Workplace policies. 


Our Speaker:  Debra Dyleski-Najjar, Esq

Debra has practiced employment, labor and benefits law for over thirty years  (30) years. In April, 2008, she founded the Najjar Employment Law Group, PC,  as a labor, employment and benefits boutique firm.  Prior to forming NELGPC, she was an equity partner in a large Boston firm.  She is a magna cum laude graduate of Boston University School of Law where she was editor of the Law Review and is a phi beta kappa graduate of Wellesley College.

Due to Ms. Najjar’s significant professional accomplishments, in 2007, she was nominated by her peers and inducted as a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.  Ms. Najjar has received an AV Martindale-Hubbell rating, and is a credentialed member of the American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries (ASPPA).  She  has been recognized as a New England Super Lawyer each year since 2007, a recognition bestowed on only the top 5% of attorneys in New England. She is a frequent speaker and has published many professional articles. 

She also is a member of the Board of Directors of the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center and the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence, past vice-chair of the NH Women’s Business Center, and a current member of Great Women to Know.  She is admitted to practice in the state and federal courts of New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts, and admitted to the United States Supreme Court.


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8:00 AM - 8:30 AM Check-In & Networking
8:30 AM - 8:45 AM Welcome New Members & Guests

8:45 AM - 9:00 AM Chapter Business / Legislative Update
9:00 AM - 9:10 AM Sponsor
9:10 AM - 10:30 AM Program

LOCATION: NECC Riverwalk , 360 Merrimack St. Bldg 9, Lawrence, MA ENTRANCE K - 3rd Floor

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For more information:

Contact: Lisa Lemieux
Phone: 978-204-3207


183 Rockingham Rd., Ste 2 East

c/o Landmark Benefits

Windham, NH 03087



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