(INDIANAPOLIS) -- A number of recent updates and developments in labor and employment law make reviewing employee policies necessary for Hoosier employers. The October 17 Model Employee Policies Workshop is designed to keep businesses on track and help provide defense against employee litigation.

The Indiana Chamber of Commerce event is presented by the Bose McKinney & Evans law firm.

Agenda topics include an employee handbook discussion - the pros and cons, what should be included, plus how to draft the content and implement it - and a review of a variety of employment policies that can or should be found in the workplace. Among these policies: the basics, non-discrimination, conduct, attendance and time off, safety and health, compensation and benefits.

Additionally, there is a session on technology and company policies and procedures that addresses, among other topics: social media, Internet usage, workplace monitoring, cell phone and texting use, business ethics and the Sarbanes-Oxley financial reporting requirement.

The Model Employee Policies Workshop begins at 8:30 a.m. with a continental breakfast (discussion starts at 9 a.m.) and concludes at 4:30 p.m.; it takes place at the Indiana Chamber Conference Center in downtown Indianapolis.

This program counts for one credit toward the completion of the Indiana Chamber Human Resource Specialist Certificate. It also has been approved for six hours of recertification credit from the HR Certification Institute.

Cost to attend the workshop is $299 per person for Indiana Chamber members; $329 for non-members. A special discount of buy one registration, get a second for half off is available. For more information or to register, visit www.indianachamber.com/conferences or call (800) 824-6885.

The Indiana Chamber of Commerce partners with 15,000 members and investors -- representing 2.6 million Hoosiers -- to achieve the mission of "cultivating a world-class environment which provides economic opportunity and prosperity."

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