Effective policies and practices often serve as both the best offense and best defense against employee claims. Our attorneys advise clients on instituting and enforcing policies and procedures and steps to take when employees violate them. 

Policies and Procedures

We draft policies and procedures that eliminate ambiguity around employee expectations, limit employer liability from certain claims, and reaffirm an employer's commitment to comply with state, federal, and local laws. These policies cover:

  • Employment application process, including criminal background and credit checks
  • Attendance, vacation, holidays, and sick leave
  • Wage and hour
  • Leave under various state and federal laws, including the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
  • EEO
  • Harassment
  • Reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Substance abuse
  • Workplace violence
  • Permissible use of e-mail and the Internet
  • Discipline and termination
  • Job training and development
  • Conflicts of interest

Corporate Diversity

Employers who value and manage diversity can reap great rewards in terms of increased productivity, employee morale, creativity, and loyalty. We recommend enhancements to clients' current practices and conduct diversity reviews and audits, prepare action plans, and provide implementation support.

Workplace Training

We regularly conduct on-site training in group and individual settings for every segment of the workforce, from senior management to hourly staff. The sessions are interactive and cover such topics as:

  • ADA, FMLA, OSHA, and EEO compliance
  • Affirmative action plans and implementation
  • Workplace investigations
  • Health and safety compliance
  • Interviewing, hiring, and firing 
  • Performance evaluations and discipline
  • Sexual and other prohibited harassment
  • Union avoidance
  • Wage and hour compliance
  • Workplace violence
  • Workers' compensation

contact

Brian D. Pedrow
Practice Leader
Tel 215.864.8108
pedrow@ballardspahr.com