Why do I need an employee handbook when I communicated our policies at the time of hire?
An Employee handbook is essential to creating a strong and consistent workforce. They set out expectations and obligations to all employees and help avoid complications that could arise in the future.
Many companies rely on generic templates to create their employee handbook, but this will not consistently deliver the best result for your company. So instead, we create customized employee handbooks so you can be sure that they comply with your company policies and meet your expectations.
Employee handbooks help in keeping your business safe from lawsuits. Other essential factors of handbook ownership are as follows:
- Even if I knew the law, how would I find time to create the employee handbook and keep it up to date?
- How do I ensure that all my employees have read the handbook, understood it, and registered their acceptance?
- How do I confirm that I refresh the memories of my employees at an appropriate frequency?
- Do I know all new laws for the current and upcoming year and implemented within our handbook?
- Can I ensure that an employee is referring to the latest version of a specific policy or process?
- How can I ensure the employee has a reference point for our company benefits package?
- Do I have a backup in writing regarding office policies I have already communicated to our employees?
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Creating the employee handbook
We ensure your handbook is unique to your business and thoroughly reviewed to align with your company’s federal and state employment laws. At the same time, we help you effectively communicate your expectations to your employees. Unlike other handbooks that can be technically impossible to understand, we ensure our content is straightforward and emphasizes an approachable tone. In addition, we use easily understood language, making it a breeze to comprehend for all employees.
We have experience in creating employee handbooks that are legally compliant and comprehensive. In addition, we help you develop a set of policies and procedures that will be useful to all your employees, not just new ones.
Your Employee Handbook should contain the following components (we include state and federal law components as well).
GENERAL BUSINESS POLICY AND PRACTICE
2.2 Equal Employment Opportunity
2.4 Immigration Reform and Control Act
2.5 Open Communications and use of Bulletin Boards
2.6 Solicitation and Distribution of Literature
2.7 Grievance and Complaint Procedures
3.1 Employment Classifications
3.2 Recording Time Worked, Work Schedules and Hours
3.3 Overtime, Breaks and Meal Periods
3.4 Hiring of Relatives and friends (Nepotism)
3.5 Dating between employees (Fraternization)
3.6 Personal Property and Inspections
3.7 Performance Evaluation and Appraisals
3.8 Compensation and Promotions
3.9 Personnel & Client Records
3.10 Employee References
3.11 Termination of Employment
EMPLOYEE RESPONSIBILITIES & EXPECTATIONS
4.1 Attendance and Dependability
4.2 Dress Code and Appearance
4.3 Employee Conduct and Work Rules
4.4 Drug and Alcohol (Substance Abuse) / Smoking
4.5 Electronic Communication and Information Systems
4.6 Confidentiality and Conflicts of Interest
4.7 Gifts and Gratuities
4.8 Outside Employment
4.9 Employee Inventions
4.10 Safety Rules and Practices
4.11 Injury/Accident Reporting
4.12 Violence in the workplace and Position of Weapons
4.13 Off-Duty Conduct
EMPLOYEE BENEFITS & LEAVE POLICY
5.1 Employee Benefits Summary (Customize)
5.2 Vacations and Sick Leave (Paid Time Off) (Customize)
5.3 Holiday Pay (Customize)
5.4 Continuation of Benefits (COBRA)
5.5 Funeral and Bereavement Leave (Customize)
5.6 Jury Duty (Customize)
5.7 Military Leave and other Personal Leave
Section 6.0 FACILITY AND EQUIPMENT PRACTICE
6.1 Lock-up and Lights, telephones, cell phones, and copy machine (Customize)
6.2 Personal Vehicle Use
6.3 Business & Travel Expense Reimbursement
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