When It Comes to Employee Handbooks, Ignorance is Not Bliss
Drafted well, an employee handbook can be your silver bullet in future litigation - but clunky provisions, critical omissions and antiquated references are an open invitation for unwanted disputes. Get practical guidance for bringing your handbook in line with current best practices. Learn the top six provisions that are sure to save and identify three common mistakes to deftly avoid. Register today!
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J. Randall Patterson is a shareholder with the Knoxville office of Baker Donelson, where he concentrates his practice in labor and employment law. His litigation experience includes a full range of employment related claims, including sexual harassment, age, race, and disability discrimination; FLSA collective actions; retaliatory discharge; and employment related defamation claims. Mr. Patterson also has litigation experience in ERISA matters involving the denial of employee benefits, breach of fiduciary duties and related claims; and in antitrust and white collar criminal defense. In addition to his litigation practice, he advises employers on many topics, including policies and procedures, reductions in force, wage and hour issues, employee handbooks, drug testing, and employment contracts. He has been published extensively including, Employment Law Section of the Encyclopedia of Mississippi Law, West Publishing; "Litigating the Workplace Harassment Case," (contributing author); Chapter 19, Religious Discrimination in the Workplace, ABA Publication; Litigating the Workplace Harassment Case, (contributing author) Chapter 5, "Defense Perspective - Responding to a Charge or Complaint," ABA Publication; "Inside the Minds: Employment Dispute Resolution," (contributing author), The Role of the Mediator in Resolving Employment Disputes, Asptore Publications; DRI Young Lawyers Forms Book, 2nd Ed. (contributing co-author), and "Implied Contract Claims," DRI Publication. Mr. Patterson is admitted to practice in North Carolina, Tennessee, and Mississippi. He has been recognized in Best Lawyers in America and is listed in Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers as a leading employment lawyer. In addition to employment law, Mr. Patterson has a regional mediation practice. He earned his B.A. degree from The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina; and his J.D. degree, with special distinction, from Mississippi College School of Law.
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