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On Handbooks And Amateurs

And once again, another instance of a poorly developed handbook costing a business.

In this instance, a court allowed an employee to pursue an FMLA claim, even though that employee was ineligible.

The reason? Not all of the FMLA provisions were included in the company’s handbook, nor the correspondence the company sent the employee.

How easy (and less expensive) it would have been to simply have a professional or labor attorney update their handbook.

Ironically, when I read that article from Fisher & Phillips LLP, I subsequently read another article of theirs – directed at educators – identifying the top five mistakes made by independent schools.

Mistake #3? Using an outdated faculty or employee handbook!

Thanks to Fisher & Phillips.


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Dave Berkus is an accomplished speaker, author and angel investor.  He provides common sense advice to all businesses through his blog, Berkonomics. His recent post deals with the frustrations of busi

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