Employee Handbooks & Policies
Employee handbooks and policies are an essential tool in the workplace. A properly drafted employee handbook informs employees of your expectations, policies, and procedures. Also, an employee handbook informs employees of what they can expect from you. While a poorly written employee handbook may increase the risk of litigation, a well-written employee handbook may greatly limit your liability should an employment dispute arise. Thus, it is important to understand employment laws when drafting employee handbooks and policies. Our business and employment law firm help your business draft employee handbooks and policies.
Contact our law firm today if you would like to discuss your current employment handbook and policies or any other employment related concerns.Why is it Important to Have an Employee Handbook?
A proper employee handbook will both inform employees about what they can expect from an employer and protect the employer from liability. For example, a well-written employee handbook will cover disciplinary policies that may protect your company from unemployment claims. An employment handbook that is drafted correctly could greatly minimize your liability if an employee sues an employer for sexual harassment or discrimination based on age, race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or national origin. Our employment law firm can assist you draft and implement an employee handbook to minimize risk of litigation.
Additionally, a well-crafted employee handbook should address:
- Conflicts of Interests
- Trade Secrets and other Confidential Information
- Work Schedules
- Standards of Conduct
- Dispute Resolution
- Safety and Security of Employees
- Computers and Technology
- Media Relations
- Employee Benefits
- Leave Policies
- Discrimination policies
An employee handbook and employment policies should set forth a progressive disciplinary policy. It is important for an employer to follow the policy. An employee handbook should also be drafted to remind employees that their employment is at-will and can be terminated at any time. An employee handbook should also contain a provisions indicating that the handbook does not provide an employee contractual rights.
Our business and employment law firm can assist your business in drafting employee handbooks and implementing employment policies. Contact our law firm today.