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If your employee handbook hasn't been updated in the past six months, it's out of date.

Because employment laws and your business are in a constant state of flux, it's critical to keep your personnel policies up-to-date.

In light of recent legal changes, be sure your policies include these updates:

Genetic information

Include genetic information on your list of protected classes.

The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) went into effect on Jan. 1. GINA prohibits discrimination based on employees' and applicants' genetic information, and that of their family members as well.

Genetic information includes the results of genetic tests, along with information about family medical histories.

As a result of this new law, you should add genetic information to the list of protected characteristics in your nondiscrimination and anti-harassment policies.

FMLA and the military

Update the military sections of your FMLA poli...(register to read more)

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