Your practice is only as strong as its workforce. While your employees are the foundation of your business, employee disputes can have the opposite effect, costing you money and even threatening the ongoing success of your practice. Employee handbooks are one of the most reliable means by which disputes can be avoided or quickly resolved. During our years of practice, we have often learned that the absence of an employee handbook greatly increases the likelihood of an employee filing suit. This is because the absence of a handbook can be indicative of a practice which is disorganized or otherwise ill-prepared for labor disputes, increasing the chances of a successful claim or a sizeable settlement offer to the employee. A well-written employee handbook contains clear guidelines as to workplace rules and regulations, in consideration of both federal and state labor laws. It will outline clear disciplinary measures, which can reduce the likelihood of discrimination claims. Most importantly, it will be consistently updated in order to ensure compliance with the law and with the changing requirements of your practice. Our team can ensure that you are well-advised as to the legal intricacies of employment law and can ensure that your employee disputes are few and far between, and with the highest likelihood of success for your practice.
An employee manual should be utilized by any small business owner who employs anyone in their business.
Why should I use a Human Resources policy and procedure manual?
An HR manual exhibits that your business is organized and well-defined and provides the internal rules by which your business operates daily.
Such a manual assists you in:
Though the development of a policy and procedure manual may seem daunting, the result involves a gleaming sense of professionalism that one can be proud of. Your employees will likely agree as the manual will eliminate any inconsistencies and misunderstandings about the requirements and benefits of their employment.
Your policy and procedure manual will truly help your employees understand your workplace. They will be able to examine rules, regulations, benefits, and other procedures which will improve the operation of their day-to-day work.
While you are not obligated to maintain an employee handbook, the creation of one is to protect both you and your employees. A manual assists in improving understanding between employer and employees and expectations that each should have for the other, and gives both the confidence to maintain a safe and effective workplace. A manual is traditionally provided to new employees on their first day of work.
An employee handbook may often include:
Other policies that you may include are:
The above list is illustrative and not solely inclusive, but a manual must always be kept current and up-to-date.