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 Employee Handbooks    BACK  

Employee handbooks can be valuable employee communications and relations tools. They can be extremely helpful in:

  • maintaining consistency among supervisors
  • properly orienting employees; and
  • avoiding misunderstandings over workplace policies.

Many employers also have found that they can help to reduce the need for employees to seek out union representation in the workplace. Clear work rules can also help to support disciplinary action and help to avoid charges of unlawful discrimination. All these reasons are grounds for maintaining a well-written employee handbook.

If I were to write your handbook, I would include policies such as:

I. Introductory Section:

  • Introduction and Acknowledgment
  • Open Door Policy
  • Equal Employment Opportunity

II. Benefits Section (only those benefits that are offered will be included):

  • Benefits Introduction
  • Family and Medical Leave (required at 50 employee threshold)
  • Educational Assistance
  • Funeral Leave
  • Health Insurance
  • Holidays
  • Jury Duty
  • Leave of Absence
  • Life Insurance
  • Military Leave
  • Retirement Savings Plan
  • Unemployment Compensation
  • Paid Personal Leave
  • Workers Compensation

III. Employment Section:

  • Accidents
  • Accommodations
  • Change of Status
  • Employment Status and Classification
  • Hours of Work
  • Immigration and Naturalization Law
  • Inclement Weather
  • Introductory Period
  • Job Responsibilities
  • Medical and Dental Appointments
  • Medical Examinations
  • Occupational Safety and Health
  • Outside Employment
  • Pay Procedures
  • Performance Reviews
  • Personnel Records
  • Pregnancy
  • Reference Checks
  • Reimbursable Expenses
  • Security
  • Termination of Employment

IV. Conduct Section:

  • Communication Systems
  • Company Property/Property of Others
  • Courtesy and Conduct
  • Dress/Appearance
  • Falsification of Records
  • Harassment
  • Maintenance of Work Areas
  • No Weapons Policy
  • Occupational Safety and Health
  • Operating Vehicles for Business Purposes
  • Personal Telephone Calls/Visitors
  • Rules and Regulations
  • Smoking
  • Solicitation
  • Substance Abuse
  • Tardiness and Absenteeism

An original copy of the handbook from which your company may make the desired number of copies for distribution will be provided. Also, a copy of the handbook on computer disc for future updates will be provided.

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