The following information is from the completed 2020 event. Please check back in January for details about the 2021 conference, which will be on May 10, 12, and 14. We anticipate opening registration in early February 2021.

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Maine HR Convention: May 10, 12, & 14, 2021 – Virtual+ Edition


Workshop A: Crafting a Great Employee Handbook

Thursday, May 14th, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

The Impact on Culture and Compliance

What’s it all about?  An employee handbook should be much more than a legalistic compliance guide and soother of risk management anxieties. It can also serve as a window into your organization’s culture, an onboarding tool, and a way to enhance performance management and talent retention. It cannot be a static document. Employment laws, societal trends impacting the workplace, and your business needs are all moving targets While there is no one way to create the perfect handbook, Peter Lowe and team will work you through several design-thinking exercises to help you build and maintain handbooks that are relevant and understandable.

Why you’ll want to participate in this session.

  • Discover that the creation of a great employee handbook “takes a village.” Meaning, it requires buy-in from your leadership team (including of course HR), legal counsel, your benefits providers, and your employees.
  • Learn how to employ language that demonstrates integrity and simplicity, as this will provide the framework for consistent and fair decisions.
  • Set up a process for regular iteration. Your handbook should not sit on the shelf unattended, rather it should remain current, informative, and user-friendly.
  • Witness a few visual and verbal tips that can make for an accessible and appealing product, including FAQ’s and use of examples that provide clarity for your expectations of your employees and your employees’ expectations of you.

Approved for SHRM Credit and HRCI General (HR) Credit.


Program Faculty: Peter Lowe