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Writing Employee Policies to Address Different State and Local Laws: Three Strategies [VIDEO]

We frequently report about employment issues being addressed at the state and local levels, the two most recent examples being Ohio’s legislation on employees with concealed carry permits and efforts in Ohio to limit local minimum wage ordinances. This trend is likely to only grow with the expanding divisions in the country. This quick video discusses three different non-exclusive strategies for drafting policies to cover jurisdictions with different rules:

  1. Have a single policy that complies with all laws (i.e. follow the strictest applicable law)

  2. Include catch-all language, such as “except as provided by applicable law,” to leave room for the policy to be applied as needed locally

  3. Have separate handbooks or supplemental documents in various locations

The right approach will depend on the employer, the laws and even the particular policy.



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William A. Nolan Labor and Employment Law Attorney Barnes Thornburg Law Firm Columbus

William A. Nolan serves as the Managing Partner of Barnes & Thornburg LLP’s Columbus, Ohio, office, which he opened in 2009. He is a member of the firm’s Labor and Employment Law Department. Bill has extensive experience as a litigator, trial lawyer and counselor. His practice includes a broad range of issues that organizations face in our rapidly changing competitive, legal and workplace environments. In short, he works to help management structure organizations, practices and relationships to proactively minimize the business disruption of disputes, and to help clients prevail when...