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Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University

Current Webinars – 2016 Legal Issues “Hot Topics” Webinar Update—Discussion and Q & A


This legal webinar series will be presented in a series of four sessions:

  • Religious Discrimination Law for the Employer
  • Retaliation in the Workplace
  • Bullying and Beyond: Workplace Conflict
  • Defensive Drafting of Employee Handbooks: Best Practices

This webinar series is beneficial for supervisors, managers, human resource professionals, or any professional wishing to increase their knowledge of human resource topics as they relate to the legal environment. These webinars are offered by the Economics and Legal Studies in Business Department and the OSU Center for Executive and Professional Development in the Spears School of Business. Each webinar is available for continuing education credit for the PHR or SPHR.


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Defensive Drafting of Employee Handbooks: Best Practices

12 noon-1:15 p.m., Wednesday, April 13, 2016

In an employment lawsuit, inevitably the plaintiff’s lawyer will first request the employee handbook. Anything in the handbook can and will be used against the employer. To reduce the odds of conflict, employers must give careful consideration to the employee handbook and its contents. This webinar will contain suggestions for handbook provisions that will be useful not just in the workplace, but in the courtroom. At the conclusion of the webinar, you will learn what a handbook should seek to accomplish, how to best articulate employer policies regarding such items as at-will employment, promotion, and access to personnel files, how to draft a harassment policy, as well as how to address conduct and benefit issues.

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Griffin Pivateau, J.D.

Griffin Pivateau, J.D., is an Associate Professor for the Department of Economics and Legal Studies. Dr. Pivateau has presented a webinar for OSU Spears School of Business on “Legal Aspects of the Hiring Process.” His research interests focus on the law of the workplace, addressing issues of employee mobility, discrimination, and dispute resolution. His research has been cited by state and federal courts.

For more information contact:

Center for Executive and Professional Development
Oklahoma State University / Stillwater, OK 74075