How Does Your Employee Handbook Measure Up?
An employee handbook is an important tool you can use to effectively communicate information regarding your company’s policies, procedures and employee benefits. A well-written handbook sets forth the company’s expectations for their employees. The handbook also describes what the employees can expect from the company. The employee handbook should cover all aspects from attendance to a leave policy, dress code, performance expectations, and now social media use in the workplace. Proprietors of companies can create their own employee handbook. It is imperative to consider federal, state and local laws and regulations that may affect your business when creating your employee handbook. You may want to create multiple handbooks if you have both exempt and non-exempt employees. The handbook should also include the legal obligations of the employer as well as the rights of the employee.
The employee handbook is the most important internal document that dictates the policies of the company. It should be distributed to every employee of the company, regardless of their status. The employees should also acknowledge in writing that they have received the handbook. It is critical to have an employment attorney review the handbook before you publish and distribute it. If your company does not have an attorney already working with the company, or on retainer, it is highly recommended to have the handbook reviewed by an attorney or law firm that specializes in the area of employment law. They will be more up to date and familiar with all of the metrics that are occurring and changing in employment law. This safe guard will give your company the added protection that is needed if you ever are sued by one of your employers.
A basic employee handbook template can get you started.