Employee Handbooks: Will Yours Make the Grade?

July 14, 2020
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

River Creek Club
43800 Olympic Blvd
Leesburg, VA 20176
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Employee handbooks distribute valuable information to employees, establish company policies to help supervisors provide consistent treatment of employees and can provide a defense in many legal matters. Is your handbook thorough, up to date, readily available and easy to understand? When was the last time you updated your handbook? Does it address the new laws enacted by the Virginia General Assembly in 2020? This session will help you ensure that your handbook makes the grade. This presentation will be given by Kristina Keech Spitler of Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian, P.C.

By the end of this presentation, attendees will be able to:

  • Identify the key risks inherent in improperly drafting or revising a handbook.
  • Understand key factors to consider when drafting or revising a handbook.
  • Articulate what an organization should or should not have in its handbook and why.


Kristina Keech Spitler is a shareholder at Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian, P.C. and has been practicing law for over thirty years.  With a background as a civil litigator and former prosecutor, as well as experience with employment, business, corporate, real estate, zoning, and municipal law, Ms. Spitler uses her extensive experience and knowledge to partner with her clients to understand their legal and business needs and provide innovative solutions that are specific to each client. Ms. Spitler focuses on Employment Law, Civil Litigation, Business/Corporate Law, and Municipal Law including matters relating to hiring and firing, breach of agreements, non-compete and restrictive covenant agreements, discrimination, disabilities and accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act, Fair Labor Standards Act (wage and hour law), Family Medical Leave Act, and defamation. In addition, her practice includes drafting and updating handbooks and policy manuals, management and employee training, and drafting executive, independent contractor, and severance agreements.

Ms. Spitler is a highly rated speaker and trainer on the topic of Employment Law issues. In addition to speaking at conferences and conducting training sessions for businesses, she has been a featured speaker on employment law issues on WUSA Channel 9 News and has served as a resource and quoted in Workforce Management Magazine.

Ms. Spitler has been recognized as one of Virginia’s “Most Influential Women” and a “Leader in the Law” by Virginia Lawyers Media, and as “Legal Elite” in Labor/Employment Law from Virginia Business Magazine. She has also received the AV Preeminent rating, Martindale-Hubbell’s highest professional achievement.

Ms. Spitler has been a presenter on employment law topics at Virginia SHRM State Conferences, many SHRM chapter meetings and annual conferences, Chambers of Commerce, and various business and trade associations. She helped start the Prince William SHRM chapter as well as Leadership Prince William. Ms. Spitler has wonderful twenty-three year old twins and two great cats (Charlie and Symba).

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