Five Topics Your Colorado Employee Handbook Should Address

Association of Corporate Counsel Colorado Newsletter
May 2019 Publications

Recent and anticipated changes to state and federal laws will impact companies’ policies surrounding paid family medical leave, employee access to their personnel files, and much more. Denver Litigation Partner Vance Knapp recently authored an article for the Association of Corporate Counsel on these matters, advising counsel and their human resource colleagues to be aware of these changes and incorporate them into their employee handbooks. “Five Topics Your Colorado Employee Handbook Should Address” appeared in the May issue of the ACC Colorado newsletter and addresses the impact of several changes in state and federal employment laws, including Senate Bill 19-188, the FAMLI Leave Act, which would provide up to 12 weeks of paid family medical leave for employees. (S.B. 19-188 did not pass this legislative session, but will be reintroduced in the next session.)

Additional revised statutes impact issues such as employees’ access to their personnel files, employers’ use of consumer credit information, and prohibitions against accessing employees’ personal electronic communications devices. Finally, the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis upheld the enforceability of arbitration agreements in actions brought under the National Labor Relations Act, thus employers should consider referencing an arbitration agreement in their employee handbooks.

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