What is an Employee Handbook and why do businesses need it?

Handbooks should be available to all employees for review. They should clearly state company policies regarding all employment situations (vacations, evaluation, termination, workplace conduct, harassment, timekeeping, and other matters). Well-written, detailed handbooks can be your basis for a strong defense in case of a lawsuit by a disgruntled employee or an administrative complaint. Handbooks should be carefully worded and drafted to avoid unintended obligations on the employer. They must clearly communicate the at-will nature of the employment, stating that neither the handbook nor any other document conveys the employee’s right to remain in the employment of the company. A well-structured anti-harassment policy can help employers avoid liability for a hostile work environment claim, as it will show that the employer took measures to prevent illegal conduct in the workplace and that all employees are familiar with the policy. Individuals who violate this policy may be held personally liable, but the company will have a solid, affirmative defense. Handbooks should be synchronized with other personnel policies, offer letters, employment contracts, and various agreements.

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