We never want to consider the unexpected or unpleasantness that comes with an employee leaving our company. We also don’t want to think about firing or reprimanding an employee. Despite the discomfort of those possibilities, we should always be prepared to know what to do in those situations to eliminate added stress.
**Always consult your HR professional and employment attorney to ensure your employee handbook follows all state and federal laws.**
What is an employee handbook?
An employee handbook is a guidebook that tells employees everything they need to know about working at your company. It covers the company's culture, rules and policies, and benefits. It's like a roadmap to help employees navigate the organization, and it's an essential tool for ensuring everyone is on the same page.
New employees typically review the employee handbook as part of the onboarding and training process.
What is the benefit of writing an employee handbook?
An employee handbook is helpful for everyone involved. It helps employees understand expectations and sets clear guidelines for behavior and performance. It can protect the company from legal issues and help new employees get up to speed quickly. Plus, it's a great way to promote the company's culture and values while sharing important information about HR policies and benefits.
How often should your employee handbook be reviewed?
You should review your employee handbook annually to see if it needs to be revised or updated due to state or federal laws.
**As stated above, consult your HR professional and employment attorney to stay up-to-date.**
What should you include in your employee handbook?
“About Us” Section
A brief history of your company
Vision and mission statement
Equal Employment Opportunity
Harassment, discrimination, or violence
Workplace Safety and Health
Code of Conduct
Cyber security and digital devices
Conflict of interest
Employment of relatives
Solicitation and distribution
Compensation and development
Expectations on how managers lead employees
Employee training and development
Benefits and Perks
Work from home
Working hours, Time Off, Leave
Paid time off (PTO)
Jury duty and voting
Paternity and maternity leave
Termination of employment
Returning Company Property
Employee Acknowledgement and Signature
Resources to assist you in creating your employee handbook:
U.S. Department of Labor. Research Laws about equal employment opportunity, family and medical leave, etc. Stay compliant at the state and federal levels.
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