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2018 Employee Handbook Updates and Best Practices

July 24, 2018
7:30 AM to 9:30 AM
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PA Med Center
777 East Park Drive
Harrisburg, PA 17111


Presenter: Sunshine Thomas

Sunshine Thomas is an attorney with Buchanan Ingersoll and Rooney located in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Ms. Thomas has handled employment law related matters since 2006.  Her practice in this regard consists of defending employers in employment related claims before the state and federal courts throughout Pennsylvania as well as before the administrative agencies such as the PHRC and the EEOC.  Ms. Thomas has experience handling matters involving, but not limited to Title VII, the PHRA, the ADA, the FMLA, the FSLA and the ADEA.  Additionally, Ms. Thomas serves as outside counsel for local employers providing assistance to their internal HR departments with matters such as litigation avoidance and legal compliance.  Specifically, Ms. Thomas provides advice on matters such as wage and hour issues, disciplinary matters, terminations, and leave and accommodation requests. 

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Thomas worked with an insurance defense firm in Lancaster and later with a large litigation defense firm in Harrisburg.  She also served as a law clerk to the Honorable John R. Walker of the Court of Common Pleas of Franklin County, Pennsylvania.  Ms. Thomas is a graduate of Franklin & Marshall College and the Pennsylvania State University — Dickinson School of Law.

Presentation Summary

  • Discussion of risks and merits of having an employee handbook
  • The importance of maintaining an accurate and updated employee handbook as well as the risks of having a not updated and accurate employee handbook
  • Legal implications of the contents of an employee handbook
  • Recommended practices regarding the content implementation and distribution of an employee handbook


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