No matter the size of your business, having an employee handbook, or at least a collection of employment policies, serves a number of important functions. First, it helps a business educate its employees about workplace rules, standards, and benefits. Second, it helps managers effectively counsel and supervise employees who are underperforming or failing to adhere to workplace rules. Third, it helps the business owners reduce risk, avoid problems and ensure that all employees are subject to consistent standards and procedures.
We recommend that every employer implement a written employee policy manual. Not one that just sits on a shelf or is so long that no employee could ever be expected to actually read it. An employee handbook that serves as a resource for employees and managers alike. One that applies to the daily activities of the actual company, not just a collection of forms and policies pulled off the internet.
As a company grows and evolves, practices and policies should evolve with it. Employment Law is complicated and always changing. Regularly reviewing your employee handbook and policies can keep your company current with regulations, technology and industry best practices. You also want your policies to be fair, consistent and effective. How do employers do that?
- Set a schedule to review your policies and decide on changes
- Recognize when a significant change is occurring that might affect your existing policy and consult counsel for advice.
- Consider whether changes to corporate laws and regulations can warrant a change in policy and should be part of the review process.
At Luchansky Law, we know that employee handbooks are not one-size-fits-all. We work with our clients to provide employment policies that are legally compliant and fit the day-to-day needs of the business.