Employee handbooks are not required by law, but are typically the biggest employee communication document. Learn how handbooks can define company policies and procedures, as well as reinforce legal obligations.
- I remember being in a trial years ago,…and an employer was trying to rely on a 12-year-old…employee handbook to show the claimant was informed…of how to complain about sexual harassment.…When I put her manager on the stand,…he testified he wouldn't even know…where to find the handbook…and that he hadn't reviewed it…since he was hired 10 years ago.…Not good.…Employee handbooks are the biggest employee…communication document at any company…and they have many legal impacts.…
Like job descriptions,…employee handbooks are not required by law.…Mangers are often surprised when I say that,…since most companies have one.…Most importantly, you want your employee handbook…to be up to date.…Out of date employee handbooks cause more problems…than they prevent.…It's one reason why I advise handbooks get reviewed…by your employment law attorney annually.…Most companies use an employee handbook…to set forth their internal policies and procedures,…as well as to make sure employees…and managers understand general compliance obligations.…
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- How job descriptions matter when it comes to the law
- Offer letters, contracts, and agreements
- Questions you can't ask job applicants
- Test and assessment instruments
- Managing employee leave
- Harassment and discrimination laws
- Handling bullies in the workplace
- Employee discipline